Reflection Of Chinese Cinderella

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The novel entitled Chinese Cinderella, written by Adeline Yen Mah can be considered by one as an autobiography. Adeline Yen Mah writes about her life during her younger years in this novel. Starting off with the author, Adeline Yen Mah was born in Tianjin in the Republic of China on November 30, 1937. Its whole title, “Chinese Cinderella: The Story of the Unwanted Daughter,” speaks literally of how the flow of the novel is. The novel introduces us to 4-year-old Yen Jun-ling, whose name was changed to Adeline Yen by her European stepmother. Mah consequently was added to her name Adeline Yen after she married in her later years. Adeline was introduced as the 5th and last child of her father and legitimate mother. She was the youngest after…show more content…
The most beautiful lesson found in the story is faith. Adeline, even without the guidance of parents, still managed to make herself successful. Unlike some kids today who would give-up being in Adeline’s situation, she was very calm. Through the help of her Aunt Baba, Ye Ye and Nai Nai, she is able to keep the mindset that if she perseveres, she will definitely get somewhere in life. She had faith in herself, and she had faith in those who supported her, even the friends she made. Another lesson we can see from Adeline is to keep going, even if those who we expect to support us are the ones degrading our capabilities. As long as someone is there, keep going. And mind you, there will always be someone there for us. Like Adeline, even if her parents (father and stepmother) and her siblings weren’t the best relatives for her, she had her Aunt Baba and grandparents. And everything soon went well for her. The novel is concluded with Adeline being awarded after making a playwright at her school. She was discouraged at first to make one, but Ye Ye lifted her spirit. She was able to bring honour to the whole Shanghai because of the playwright she wrote at the age of 14. With this, although not verbally expressed in the novel, she made her father proud. As a result, her father gave her the opportunity to study in France, along with her 3 older brothers. With that turn of events, everything seemed pretty well for Adeline. Truly we can see how Adeline persevered from the very beginning- from trying to please her father with the awards she brought home from school, up until the honour she brought to Shanghai just to be able to get the opportunity to study abroad. From Adeline, a handful of virtues can truly be
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