Waverly's Short Story 'Rules Of The Game'

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People often change their minds according to their peers, but some people are born to be decisive and determined. Being determined and decisive keeps you going and fighting for what you believe is right. This happens to the protagonist in the story “Rules of the game.” In this short story, Waverly starts off by learning chess herself and then getting better and better finally reaching her first tournament. After winning more and more often in tournaments, she realises that her mum is trying to take advantage of her. Throughout the story Waverly becomes mentally stronger, she also gets more determined, and most importantly she also learns to stand up for herself because she learns that she can make her decision.

Firstly, Waverly becomes
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The moment when she started to start taking chess more serious, she would spend all her free time learning new chess moves from someone. “Lau puo, as he allowed me to call him, turned out to be much better of a player than my brothers. I lost many games and many life savers, But over the weeks with each diminishing roll of candies, I added new secrets. ” This showed that she was determined to use her new moves and get better in chess as she evened named the moves specifically. That demonstrated that Waverly was determined to win and get better and better, it says that she learned a lot of new moves and lots of secrets so she must have been determined to learn everything. She was willing to use her lifesavers to learn new moves, and that showed that she was willing to learn new moves. In order to win, Waverly also needed a perfect environment to concentrate, and she was determined to get it. “My parents made many concessions to allow me to practice. One time I complained that the bedroom I shared was so noisy that I couldn’t think. After that, my brothers slept in a bed in the living room facing the street.” This showed that Waverly tried to concentrate as hard as she could on improving her chess skills because it says that Waverly was bothered by the noise her brothers made. That meant Waverly must have been trying to focus very hard. This is also important as she…show more content…
Once she gets better in chess, her mother still wants her to be better in many different ways. Once her mother starts criticising her, her biggest challenge is to stand up for herself and what she believes in. Waverly’s mother tries to take advantage of Waverly to show off to other random strangers on the street. “One day after we left a shop I said under my breath, “I Wish you wouldn’t do that, telling everybody I’m your daughter.” My mother stopped walking.” This showed that Waverly hated that her mother used her to show off, so she decided to say something and show to her mother that she didn’t need to take advantage of Waverly. “Aii-ya. So shame be with other? She grasped my hand even tighter as she glared at me. I looked down. “It’s not that, it's obvious. It’s embarrassing.” ‘Embarrass you be my daughter?” Her voice was cracking with anger, “That’s not what I meant. That’s not what I said.” Waverly had decided that even though she was her mother, she didn’t need to take advantage of Waverly to show off so Waverly decided to fight back. It said that Waverly’s mother was cracking with anger so it meant that she was probably really mad. Even though Waverly knew her mother was angry, she still stood up to her mother for trying to excessively show off using her. “ I knew it was a mistake to say anything more, but I heard my voice speaking, “Why do you
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