Rules Of The Game Character Analysis

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Being passionate about something such as a sport, music, or even a videogame is a good feeling. It makes you ambitious and enthusiastic about whatever you feel passionate about. In Rules of the Game by Amy Tan, Waverly becomes passionate about chess after her brothers receive a chessboard for Christmas; her mom brags about how Waverly is her daughter to other people using her to show off. Waverly deserves credit for her success in chess, not her mom because her mom did nothing but provide Waverly with necessities. Waverly earns her success in chess through hard work all on her own while developing invisible strength that allows Waverly to succeed in chess. Waverly's mom teaches Waverly basically about how to survive in society, "my…show more content…
She exemplifies the trait of hard work, which is prominent in Asian culture. Waverly's family isn't exactly the richest; they live right above a Chinese bakery in Chinatown. It's not a preeminent life. Even though Waverly doesn't think she's poor, they definitely are. As a result, Waverly and her mom believe in hard work. When Waverly tells her mom that a boy in her class says "Chinese people do Chinese torture," her mom is extremely offended because she takes pride in her Chinese culture. She replies, "Chinese people do business,do medicine, do painting. Not lazy like American people. We do torture. Best torture" (2). Waverly's mom believes that Chinese people work very hard unlike Americans, who slack off and don't work as hard as the Chinese do. Waverly learns this trait on her own through the game of chess. When her brother receives a chess board for Christmas, Waverly begs to play with it. When Waverly's brothers explain the rules to her, she keeps on asking questions about chess and the rules which irritates them. Asking questions is a sign of intelligence and is the only way that she'll be able to learn how to play chess. Waverly is intrigued by chess and she, "read the rules and looked up all the big words in a dictionary. I studied each chess piece, trying to absorb the power each contained" (3). Waverly learns all of the tactics and strategies in order to win the game, including a mathematical understanding of the game and thinking ahead. She soon stops playing her brothers when they lose interest and she starts to play with a man at the park, Lau Po. He tells Waverly at first, "Little sister, been a long time since I play with dolls" (3). Lau Po is a much better player than Waverly's brothers and he teaches her and helps her learn chess. Waverly picks up quickly on his teachings spending hours learning the art of chess. While Waverly plays Lau Po and other opponents who want to
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