Maxine Hong Kingston Essays

  • The Woman Warrior: White Tigers By Maxine Hong Kingston

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    make a statement in regards to the readers and the traditional Chinese culture. As written in the chapter, Maxine Hong Kingston took on the role of Fa Mu Lan. She used this lifestyle filled with myth and magic to exhibit what she was taught a woman warrior was to be. It created a sense of reality for Kingston even though she wasn’t Fa Mu Lan. The mythical language and aspects used by Kingston allowed me to understand her reality; I was going through her journey WITH her as opposed to just reading

  • Comparing The Woman Warrior: Memoirs Of A Girlhood Among Ghosts

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    the immigration of people to The United States. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, by Maxine Hong Kingston is an example of one of the numerous novels that touch on the experiences that these people have been through. Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko is an example a little different where it shows that the people are sort of being pushed out of their land. Maxine Hong Kingston and Leslie Marmon Silk both use a form of story-telling (talk-story) to tell the stories of their protagonists

  • Woman Warrior Character Analysis

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    expressing one’s self and not being afraid to speak up ; “‘if you don’t talk, you can’t have a personality’” ( Kingston 180). In contrast, chinese culture, tends to encourage shying away from speaking up, or speaking in general. In China there is strict, and concise agreement between people to keep personal information to oneself. In Maxine Hong Kingston’s memoir Woman Warrior, Maxine must learn that In a world that values outspoken people, those with different cultural values tend to shy away

  • The Woman Warrior Analysis

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    IB English III August 11, 2014 Beginnings in The Woman Warrior The Woman Warrior is a collection of memoirs in which Maxine Hong Kingston writes about the people and events which help shape her thinking and her girlhood growing up as a Chinese-American. Kingston discusses these most salient events and idols in five separate chapters, including the first chapter in which Kingston reveals the fate of her father’s sister to place the reader in the midst of things, effectively grabbing the reader’s

  • Analysis Of The Woman Warrior: Memoirs Of A Girlhood Among Ghosts

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    as their elders are telling them. In the memoir, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston, Kingston establishes a relationship between silence and finding ones voice through the talk-stories and Chinese traditions she encounters that truly forms her perspective on finding her own identity as a Chinese American. In the beginning of the memoir, Kingston started off with a story about her father’s aunt that had brought disgrace to his side of the family and to

  • Summary Of Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior

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    Silence and storytelling are pivotal themes that run throughout in Maxine Hong Kingston’s ‘The Woman Warrior.’ They are themes that coincide with each other in a major impactful way on both Maxine as the author, the characters she writes about and the audience who reads her stories. Kingston shows the important consequences of being silent in society and how telling stories can break through these moulds that patriarchal societies once set up for women not only in Chinese culture but relating all

  • Maxine Hong Kingston's No Name Woman

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    1. Who is the “no name woman”? Why is her name unknown and her existence to be kept a secret? In the essay, “No Name Woman,” by Maxine Hong Kingston, the author describes the no name women to be Kingston’s aunt. Moving forward in the first paragraphs of the essay, Kingston has a conversation with her mother about her aunt. She begins to explain Kingston that her aunt eliminated herself and her newborn baby by jumping into the families well in China. Furthermore, the night before the baby was born

  • Analysis Of The Woman Warrior By Maxine Hong Kingston

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    The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston addresses prevalent topics faced in America today. How should women act? Should women be treated differently from men? In her memoir, Kingston faces many obstacles with her Chinese-American identity such as finding her voice as a young woman. 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

  • Woman Warrior Reflection

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    In the novel The Woman Warrior written by Maxine Hong Kingston, we are being told about the stories of five women and their lives. Throughout the novel there is a story told for each of these women. Kingston writes throughout the novel almost exclusively of her own family. Her main focus is on her own mother, Brave Orchid. Kingston originally learnt the tradition of talk story from her mother and she spends most of her time judging the dynamics of each female role in her family. Each story and thoughts

  • No Name Woman Essay

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    that country are much worse than one could expect. Women are viewed as “less than,” they’re not treated as though they have importance or exist, and they’re forced to always obey men and do things they would prefer not to. In the writings of Maxine Hong Kingston 's “Girlhood Among Ghosts” and “No Name Women” the ideology that women are not viewed as equals and are undeserving of a voice is portrayed quite clearly. Kingston’s stories prove that although women may speak, men and boys are more desired

  • No Name Woman Summary

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    In No Name Woman by Maxine Hong Kingston, the intercrossing adaption of memory and narrative challenges the gender inequality in the old China. In relation to the unnamed aunt’s story, mother of the narrator talks story orally when the narrator tells story in print. The mother believes the story would keep the narrator from any act of sexual transgression, while the narrator retells the story to question the traditional system of gender identities, roles and expectations. With reference to the relationship

  • Yin And Yang Character Analysis

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    Balancing the Yin and the Yang: Expedition towards Harmony in The Bonesetters Daughter by Amy Tan Asians began immigrating to the United States in 1849. The immigrants from Asia and America of Asian descent have been writing in America since the 19th century. But, Asian American literature as a branch of writing came into being only in the early 1970s. Since then, the field of Asian American literature and of Asian American literary criticism has grown rapidly. The Chinese immigrated to America

  • No Name Woman Analysis

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    In a woman’s lifetime, she is subjected to shaming, considered subclass, oppressed, evil, and her rights as a human being are completely disregarded. The No Name Woman, written by Maxine Hong Kingston, a Chinese American author and Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, she tells the story of her Aunt that she never knew that had a baby out of wedlock, and then how she was terrorized by her fellow villagers. Similar to the Islamic women in the story Love and Sex in the Life

  • House Of Spirits Women

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    1. Introduction - Begin by asking the class to discuss the question of “In what ways do you think women are shown injustices today?” - Brief introduction to the topic. - Slide of image of the question 2. Discuss ways female characters in The House of Spirits face social injustice with class. - Slide with bullet points different ways - Suffer traditional & Customary pressures - Gender roles and expectations 3. Transition: Thesis: How does Allende and Esquivel challenge the typical notion

  • Salman Rushdie's Through Memory

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    Migration, with the shifting of cultural borders that it engenders, is a defining feature of the contemporary world. It has therefore appropriately become, in the words of Edward Said “a potent, even enriching, motif of modern culture” as the exile, conscious that homes are ephemeral, “cross borders, break barriers of thought and experience” (qtd. in Chambers 2). Salman Rushdie is also certain that migrancy is a dominant trope of our time. According to him, migrants are new categories of individuals:

  • Silence In The Woman Warrior

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    Hsiu-chuan Lee discusses the criticism of The Woman Warrior by Maxine Kingston about the use of discursive community crossing the boundaries of genres/disciplines. Lee explains the different genre shifts in the novel to show how the different chapters contains myth, story, and memory as a way to develop different meaning. By analyzing the motif of silence, Lee reveals the Kingston’s intention of breaking the silence imposed by her mother through the various stories and how the silence emphasizes

  • Alzheimer's Short Story Babysitting Helen

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    What do you know about Alzheimer's? Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that attacks the brain and affects all aspects of a person's life, it is fatal and made up mostly of memory loss and confusion symptoms, which increase as time goes by. My research on dementia has helped me broaden my understanding of the short story "Babysitting Helen". It taught me that Helen's symptoms, memory loss and confusion , trouble performing day-to-day tasks, and repeating of actions and words are normal for people

  • Essay On Authoritative Parenting

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    This paper focuses on the authoritarian and authoritative parenting styles, and discusses the differences and implications on children’s later adjustment. In the later section of the paper, it will be explained if the implications can be generalised to Singaporean families. I first interviewed a mother who described a situation when she discovered that her daughter, who was then nine years old, had stolen money from her. She was enraged and scolded her daughter for doing so, and proceeded to ask

  • The Hundred Secret Senses: A Literary Analysis

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    Amy Tan 's third novel, The Hundred Secret Senses and her next work, The Bonesetter 's Daughter, also weave mysterious ghost stories with women 's life experiences. In both novels, ghosts represent the haunting past and the cultural memory of the immigrant sisters and mothers, waiting to be remembered and then exorcised. The Hundred Secret Senses starts with the claim that "My sister Kwan believes she has yin eyes" (3), a key sentence of this novel. The narrator Olivia, is half Chinese and half Caucasian

  • Effects Of Imperialism In Australia

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    "Imperialism is a policy that aims at building and maintaining an empire, in which many states and peoples, spread over a wide geographical area, are controlled by one dominant state." The idea of Imperialism is fuelled by the desire for economic and political power over other people and nations and this movement was led by European forces such as Great Britain from the 18th - 20th century. The colonisation of Australia, Africa and the Philippines are all examples of Imperialism, and while there