The Chinese American writer Jean Kwok has written the short story “Where the Gods Fly”. It is told in both a present and past tense from a first person narrator. The story starts off in present time and in medias res (“I kneel here before the gods” ), where the unnamed narrator is facing the gods with a problem that troubles her. She is considering to take “(…) her [daughter’s] greatest love away” – the ballet. The daughter Pearl was only allowed “(…) to dance because [her parents] had no place else to put her (…)” while they were working at a factory.
Though as much as she wants to question Pearl being her daughter, she realize that Pearl is a living reminder of her “sin” she has committed. In the novel “the talk of the neighboring townspeople...had given out that poor little Pearl was a demon offspring...ever since old Catholic times…
If they wanted to go somewhere it was rough because there were no roads. Living conditions were generally dirty and therefor sickness was a normal thing. The woman did not have many rights as well. They did not have the right to vote, the right to hold a job in a public office, or serve on juries. However, they could make a will, buy or sell property, and they could
The short story ”Where the Gods Fly” from 2012 is written by the Chinese American author Jean Kwok, who immigrated to the United States of America at the age of five. Being the The story is set in America, but the specific location is never mentioned it can be safe to assume that it is set in New York; Brooklyn due to the fact Jean Kwok also grew up in this area and therefore is familiar with its societal structure. The main characters of the story as a small family of three; the daughter Pearl, the father Ah Sun and the mother whose name is never mentioned throughout the story. The family are Chinese immigrants in the United States, just like the author herself. This family came to the states when Pearl was around 7-8 years old since she
Pearl is the product of the A, thus when she sees Hester without the A, she gets upset. When Pearl is in the forest, she spends most of her time near the Brook. Hawthorne uses the brook as a symbol of sadness. The brook symbolizes the release of all the guilt and sins committed. Hawthorne mentions how the brook reflects Pearl’s image.
Moving to a new country with a completely different culture than your own is very challenging to families. Adapting to a new culture and trying to raise kids with the new culture but still have them know about the other culture is extremely difficult. Moving to a new place forces people to eat new food, learn new sayings, and get a new and maybe different job just to fit in. It also doesn’t help that a lot of families are poor and have to start from scratch and try to make enough money. In “ Daughter of Invention,” the author shows that adapting to a different culture is challenging and is hard on families.
However, she was becoming someone else in a dream abandoning her old identity. Her mother was also not happy in America and was wishing to fly to Puerto Rico to reconnect with her roots, but could not do it they were poor. Basically, both stories illustrate the internal conflicts affecting immigrants/individuals living
This may stray away from the thesis, but it all ties together so the reader may see all times of viewpoints. Mistri talks about how remarkably, none of these mothers’ longs for her daughter to be Chinese following nothing but Chinese ways, for each woman has come to America with the intent of making a better life in which her family would know the renowned American feats. The structure of this short story sequence becomes a essential representation for the thematic features that link these stories to each other, connecting an understood dialogue among the four mothers and their daughters as they tell their
Leaving Ecuador at the age 14 and coming to New York was the hardest decision I had to make. It wasn’t easy to come to a place where everything is new. The biggest challenge was learning the language. English used to give me a hard time in the school. In high school, I needed to carry a dictionary with me all the time; I took remedial classes and spent hours doing regular homework.
She has no choice but to accept this, otherwise she will "diminish the gift" of life. All she can offer her daughter is what she has learnt from her own life experiences. It is understandable that the mother does not want her child to stop depending on her. But as a daughter, myself, I can relate to