Chinese Cinderella, By Adeline Yen Mah Essay

1242 Words May 12th, 2015 5 Pages
The book Chinese Cinderella, by Adeline Yen Mah, is an autobiography of being born as the fifth child of a depressing time. Adeline’s mother soon passed away after she was born which labeled her as the “cursed” child, which led to the distance between her and her family. The only people who truly displays affection toward her were her grandfather, Ye Ye, and her Aunt Baba. But soon after her mother died, her father remarried a young French-Asian woman, who she refers to as Niang, who married her father for his money, displays little to no sort of affection to either the father or the five children. She only tends to her son and her daughter. Adeline strives to reach a high standing in her academics to win the favor of her father, knowing that her father reacted positively to her medal of academics. As the family moves to a bigger house in Shanghai, the harsh rule of Niang harshen. Her animosity is pointed mostly at Adeline because she is at a higher level of education that her children, which creates jealousy that she is favored in her father’s eyes. Niang ordered that the room for the five siblings to be on the 3rd floor, which was the hottest, and herself, the father, and her two children, to room on the cool second floor. She also orders that the five siblings are to enter and leave the house using the servant’s door and that they are never to set foot into the living room. Niang creates a barrier between the five children and the father. She makes sure that no one but…

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