Maxine Hong Kingston 's The Woman Warrior Essay

1260 Words Aug 22nd, 2015 6 Pages
“Conception: The Origins of a Story” as Applied to The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior depicts the hardships Kingston faces as she attempts to balance the culture of the country in which she resides, America, and the culture of her home country, China. This struggle is shown by Kingston’s account of various parts of her childhood, which shape who she is. Rather than simply a list of Kingston’s experiences, The Woman Warrior is a novel with broad social implications. Application of the chapter “Conception: The Origins of a Story” from Technique in Fiction to The Woman Warrior reveals that Kingston’s anecdotes, however different, all portray Kingston’s experiences in a way that is easy for readers to relate to. In her novel, Kingston is able to display that which “ is universal in particular happenings” (Macauley and Lanning 16). This is exemplified by the constant presence in the book of reminders that females are considered inferior to males, such as when Kingston speculates that the child of her dead aunt must have been female since “there is some hope of forgiveness for boys” (Kingston 15). Instead of simply attempting to show the reader her personal struggle with gender inequality, Kingston applies her experiences to society as a whole, showing how it affected her aunt, her would-be cousin, and herself, among others. By doing so, Kingston shows that the issue is not one unique to her memories; in actuality, many people experience the same…

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