In Maxine Hong Kingston’s 1976 novel The Woman Warrior, Hong Kingston, through several novellas, illustrates key moments and stories from her life, including stories of great female warriors like Fa Mulan, and even her own mother, who overcomes adversity and danger, both literal and metaphorical. Through the vehicle of these autobiographical moments and “talk-stories”, Hong Kingston reveals her views on feminism and her views on individual the role and individual liberty of Women in Chinese culture. As a first-generation Chinese-American, she had a very different perspective on her role as a person than her parents, during a time when second-wave feminism was affecting swathes of American cultural ideals. Hong Kingston’s ideas echo many of the key features of this movement, like independence from men, seeking out your own education, and not needing the approval of a man or family to be successful. In The Woman Warrior, a key feature of the novel is the relative dearth of male characters, the only main ones with any characterization being Hong Kingston’s …show more content…
Hong Kingston, being a first generation Chinese-American affected her in many ways, having to deal with the culture clash of not only China and America, but of communist China and old China, and her own blend of ideals clashing against those of her parents. Hong Kingston not only believed in the personal liberty of women in their own decisions in life, but also to become independent of the antiquated idea of subservience to their husbands, to become strong and educated, to become woman
Women’s role in history has always been incredibly complicated. In majority of cultures around the world, women are most commonly recognized as being compliant to the will of men. However, this recognition is drastically changing along with today’s rapid transformation of technology and other beliefs compared to several generations ago. Women are now holding jobs in prestigious political offices, medical fields, and engineering backgrounds. Of course, there are countless stories of courageous women who defied expectations and challenged the views that defined what a woman is suppose to be rather than accept who she is.
Maxine Hong Kingston’s memoir the “ Woman Warrior” has a very alluring writing style. Her beautifully written words drag readers into the abyss of fable and reality. Nevertheless, to numerous readers her writing style may seem unnerving and difficult to pinpoint, and can make one question the ability to fathom English ! Consequently, readers are pulled into the paradox between words and meaning. Kingston’s memoir is like no other writer, her words are like a graceful dance that swings readers along for the ride.
“Her actions remind me that, even under unbearable circumstances, one can still believe in justice,” in David Henry Hwang’s foreword, in Ji-Li Jiang’s memoir Red Scarf Girl, commemorated even during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution anyone can overcome adversity (9). Ji-Li Jiang was a young teenager at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, and living through a very political time in China’s history made Ji-Li into the person she is today. Ji-Li’s intelligence, her choices, and family devotion made her into the headstrong and successful person she is today. Even when Ji-li thought she was unintelligent, others saw she was wise. There were many moments when Ji-Li was reminded she was very smart.
In the essay “No Name Woman”, Maxine Hong Kinston explores her aunt’s life who secretly gets pregnant and commits suicide with her child when it is born in China. The story basically begins with her mum telling a story about her aunt’s scandal that had never been told to anyone in the past fifty years. After Kingston’s aunt’s husband had left to America for many years, her aunt gets pregnant. It is obvious that her aunt had committed adultery. The rural villagers furiously raided their house because her aunt’s adulterous behavior violates their community’s moral value.
Writer, Maxine Hong Kingston, in her excerpt “No Name Woman”, from her book The Woman Warrior, narrates a part of her history from the story of her family. Within her excerpt from paragraph 21 to paragraph 27, Kingston recounts a story of her aunt committing suicide after giving birth to an illegitimate child. Her purpose is to share and inform about her Chinese culture through her family’s past. She expresses an ambivalent tone while retelling her aunt’s story in order to appeal to contradictory thoughts in her mature readers. With the use of ethos and pathos, diction and syntax, Kingston is able to create an ambivalent tone toward her aunt’s history.
Life as a Chinese American woman during World War II was very difficult and challenging. In the article “Chinese American Women Defense Workers in World War II” by Xiaojian Zhao, the article talks about the lives of Chinese American women who worked as defense workers. It also talks about their journey to becoming a defense worker and all the challenges that the women had to face. The author wrote this article to inform the audience the lives of Chinese American women, while their men were off serving the country the women helped the war efforts by working as defense worker. Most of the time Chinese Americans are overlooked in their war effort it was mostly the whites males and females who gained the most attention for serving their country
Many females coincide with the reputation of weakness, but O-lan shows no sign, even in the midst of childbirth. Similarly, she perseveres numerous times, through a “man’s work” in the field, illustrating her mental and physical strength. While considering China’s deprecation of women, O-lan assuredly frustrates an adamant supporter of such
Imagine a world where people look down on a person based off gender. Where everything a person does is constantly objectified, sexualized, and restrained from doing what is in their will. In the memoir The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, a girl is trying to find her identity in the midst of two completely different cultures. Each myth that is included in this memoir, has a meaning, they inspire Kingston to want to do better. In the Chinese culture, women are things, not people, it is believed that they are a female should always have a male by her side to be able to do something.
Artificial intelligence represents the two qualities that distinguish man from machine: emotional realism and relatability. However, the closest modern society has come to recreating the human form has been through literature; a book is nothing without syntax and diction, but it is meaningless without a developed character. In The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston develops her character through the use of personal commentary, self-perceptions, and interaction with a silent Chinese student. Kingston's character is expanded through the use of personal commentary.
Though it was frowned for a woman to act, think, write, and speak like men, that didn’t stop them. In the book, Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin, we learned that women were prohibited to exercise anything out of field and house work, especially politics, this book demonstrates that over the decades, women had altered that perception.
Orson Scott Card has written countless novels during his career, filled with excitement and sci-fi themes. Card has implied many western stereotypes throughout his reign of the sci-fi entertainment business. Arguably his most famous of those being Ender’s Game. Throughout the book Ender must go through training to become a commander in the war against buggers while Earth was going through a worldwide crisis. The book introduced minimal realistic male and female characters, of which followed close traditional stereotypes.
Exploring Identity Through Silence: The Role of No-Name Woman in Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston opens The Woman Warrior with the tale of her nameless aunt, a woman who has been silenced and forgotten by her village after giving birth to an illegitimate child, known only as the “no name woman” (Kingston 7). On the night that “no name woman” gives birth, villagers raid her family house to “show her a personal, physical representation of the break she had made in the ‘roundness’” (13). She later commits a “spite suicide” (19), drowning both herself and her child. The No-Name Woman serves as an embodiment of silence that allows the narrator to imaginatively develop her story, as well as her identity.
The prejudice Ying Ying Saint Clair feels for American culture causes her to have a difficult time understanding and communicating with her daughter. Because Ying Ying Saint Clair was raised in China, she views western ways as valuing worthless material items and ignoring critical traditions and values. As she watches her daughter mature and make her
Silence and storytelling are pivotal themes that run throughout in Maxine Hong Kingston’s ‘The Woman Warrior.’ They are themes that coincide with each other in a major impactful way on both Maxine as the author, the characters she writes about and the audience who reads her stories. Kingston shows the important consequences of being silent in society and how telling stories can break through these moulds that patriarchal societies once set up for women not only in Chinese culture but relating all over the world in a way that also helps readers gain an insight into their own cultural legacy. Telling stories is a tradition that has been around for centuries and the passing on of family stories is of extreme importance for our own sense of identity.
Scarlet and Black” In the past, discrimination against women has been widespread and deeply rooted in China. For example: “foot-binding”, “Lack of talent in a woman is virtue”, and “male superiority to female”. These are the past men’s right society to women’s oppression and restraint.