In “White Tigers,” Kingston tells her own version of a popular Chinese ballad, “Fa Mu Lan,” while incorporating her own reality back into the section. In her literary criticism, “Empowerment Through Mythological Imaginings in “Woman Warrior”,” Sue Ann Johnston comments on Kingston’s use of myths in the memoir, and believes that myths are Kingston’s most effective means of conveying messages to readers. Although these myths are effective, Johnston overlooks Kingston’s incorporation of these myths back into her own life. As demonstrated in “White Tigers,” Maxine Hong Kingston reveals that a woman warrior requires strength, dedication, independence, and confidence through her mother’s talk-stories and personal struggles during her life. At the opening of “White Tigers,” Kingston vividly describes the importance of storytelling to girls in the Chinese community.
“When I discover who I am, I will be free.” ~Ralph Ellison With a cultural identity as unclear as her own, Sarah Howe grew up questioning the human condition, specifically regarding the idea of belonging. Yet despite her great efforts in discovering what it means to have a bicultural heritage, her journey of understanding is forever ongoing. This journey and thirst for belonging inspired her poetry book Loop of Jade. Howe begins her book with the poem Mother’s Jewellery Box. The poem acts as a gateway to the main topic discussed in her other poems: the relationship between her and her Chinese heritage.
Mother and wife are also not her will; she feels restrained and loses her liberty of being that. After she heard the playing from Adele, she feels the solitude and loneliness, it seems same as her position in this era, no one understands her and feels depress toward the people, the family she encountered. On the contrary, she is touched after hearing the pianist Mademoiselle Reisz plays. It is full of power and passion, and Mademoiselle is a woman that she wants to be, independent with alternative performance in this society, she is separated and not the one of them. Edna wants to know more about her and try to be like her, but the most essential element that a independent artist should has is bravery, this is what the pianist told Edna.
“‘Well, I ain 't suppose to talk to you or nothing. I get lonely’”(Steinbeck 86-87). that’s all that has to be said to describe why Curley’s wife acts the way she does, and how her life is lived. Also it shows what people say to Curley’s wife when she tries to talk to them, because none of them want trouble with Curley. In Of Mice and Men Curley’s wife is a married woman, who is not loved by her husband, and is really treated like an object on the farm rather than a human being.
In these novels it is clearly seen that this form of writing is important in retaining and embracing a person’s and or a group’s cultural Identity. This paper is going to focus on the importance of talk-story. Maxine Hong Kingston uses talk-story to tell the stories of her childhood in The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. In using this form Kingston learns how to retain the customs of The Old China ways that her parents, especially her mother tells her and her siblings about. Kingston having been born in
Throughout the modern world, women fight to gain equality in all settings of life. Maxine Hong Kingston, in an effort to portray this struggle through a series of carefully interwoven stories, blurs the line between both fictional and nonfictional struggles in The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. Kingston’s use of declarative sentences, active voice, and effective variation of speech successfully manages to continuously engage the reader in The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, while adding a personal touch throughout the story. Kingston’s use of declarative sentences highlights the stereotypes women face while simultaneously contextualizing information for the reader. Macauley and Lanning claim that “a string of declarative sentences”, especially when “built of cliches”, quickly become boring (Macauley and Lanning 58).
Each daughter thinks she is not even comparable to her mother, but they soon realize that that is not the case. The daughters also feel that they can never make their mothers proud of them because they are always criticizing everything they do.Waverly Jong told her a friend, “‘You don’t know my mother, she never thinks anybody is good enough for anything.’”(Tan 167). Waverly Jong stopped playing piano because she was tired of her mom showing her off when she did well, but cutting her down when she was perfect enough. (Tan 170-172). The mothers are actually very proud of their daughters, though, they just want them to strive for excellence.
Whilst Curley’s wife expresses this through dialogue once again, “Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever’ once in a while. Think I like to stick in that house alla time” (Steinbeck, page 77). The only way the women broke away from their roles was in death. Both women were trapped by the domestic ideal of femininity that made them unable to follow their creative loves of writing and acting, as women were only viewed useful as wives and
Amy Tan 's story "A Pair of Tickets" is about a girl who is Chinese-American woman 's struggle to accept her culture and identity. She went china to complete her mother’s dream of reunite the family. As we read through the story, we will see the protagonist Jing-Mei grew up with American influences and struggles with her Chinese heritage. Throughout the story, we will see how she is
Written in 1975, Maxine Hong Kingston's autobiography, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, invites readers into the life of one Asian American writer. In this autobiographical work, Kingston uses the stories of five unique individual women to illustrate how the effects of race, class and gender create boundaries to victimize women. No-Name Woman, Kingston's long forgotten aunt becomes a target for violence when the village turns on her for committing adultery. Moon Orchid, Kingston's living aunt, tries to resume her marriage with her husband only to be rejected; Brave Orchid, Kingston's mother, abandons her professional career as doctor in order to assist her husband in need of financial support. Similarly, Fa Mu Lan, the