Each chapter focuses on a woman that affects Kingston's life, and in most cases depicts how that woman relates to the male-dominated society around her. However, it is often not the men themselves who are most oppressive in the memoir, but rather the power of tradition as carried through women.
Growing up American, they struggled to ascertain what things in them were Chinese. How did Fa Mu Lan, the legendary woman warrior, compare with goddesses of the silver screen? The tensions among these traditions, paradoxical myths of female heroism, and everyday postwar America are the background of this sensitive memoir.
She gave birth to his child in a pigsty, as was the custom of country women in old China; they believed the gods, who did not snatch piglets, would be fooled.
The true punishment for No Name Woman was not the raid of her home by outraged villagers, nor her suicide. The true punishment, Maxine decides, was silence. The family deliberately forgot her.
But fifty years later, the nameless woman still haunts Maxine. Nevertheless, ancient Chinese legends taught that a girl failed if she grew up merely to be a wife or a slave instead of a swordswoman.
She tells the story of the woman warrior as if it were part of her own girlhood—as indeed it was. An elderly couple tutored Fa Mu Lan for fifteen years, training her to survive barehanded among tigers, as well as to understand the ways of dragons.
She learned to make her mind as large as the universe, to allow room for paradoxes. Her parents carved on her back oaths and the names of persons who had wronged her family.
Then, assembling a joyous army, she rode to battle. They took food only when there was plenty for all. Wherever they went, they brought order. She carries his child, gives birth on the battlefield, and then sends the baby home to her family.
After living this tale, Maxine reflects that her drab American life is a disappointment. In school, she is awkward and shy. At home, she balks at the old prejudices, casually repeated by her loving family: These unresolved tensions have created ambivalent feelings in the author, as she readily admits.
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The Woman Warrior," Katherine Hyunmi Lee, also. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts is a book written by Chinese American author Maxine Hong Kingston and published by Alfred A.
Knopf in The book blends autobiography with what Kingston purports to be old Chinese folktales, although several scholars have questioned the accuracy and authenticity of these folktales.
Maxine Hong Kingston begins her search for a personal identity with the story of an aunt, to whom this first chapter's title refers. Ironically, the first thing we read is Kingston's mother's warning Kingston, "You must not tell anyone what I am about to tell you. A summary of Themes in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior.
Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Woman Warrior and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. May 09, · The Woman Warrior: THEME / MOOD / LITERARY INFORMATION / BIOGRAPHY Maxine Hong Kingston Cliff Notes™, Cliffs Notes™, Cliffnotes™, Cliffsnotes™ are trademarked properties of the John Wiley Publishing Company.
For Kingston, writing The Woman Warrior is a cathartic and emotional experience, a form of therapy for herself and her family.
A summary of Themes in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Woman Warrior and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Maxine Hong Kingston concludes the book with a separate section beginning with one of her mother's stories. Kingston's grandma loved to watch operas in China, making it a family tradition to go out. May 09, · The Woman Warrior: THEME / MOOD / LITERARY INFORMATION / BIOGRAPHY Maxine Hong Kingston Cliff Notes™, Cliffs Notes™, Cliffnotes™, Cliffsnotes™ are trademarked properties of the John Wiley Publishing Company.
Talking about her past becomes her cure for silence, her method of achieving an individual voice and a personal place as a Chinese-American woman in society.