Maxine Hong Kingston 's The Woman Warrior Essay

984 Words Aug 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Everybody at some point in their life gets in an argument with their parents. Arguing helps us learn from our mistakes in the past and move forward in our lives. Whether it’s about a boyfriend, getting to drive the family car, or going to a party, each person has experienced an emotional argument. In the Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston, Kingston experiences one of the most pivotal moments in the novel and in her life during a heated argument with her mother that allowed to finally express her true feelings towards her mother which would then become a springboard into her adult life. Raised by Chinese Immigrants, Maxine Hong Kingston experienced a very different childhood than most people.Her mother constantly gives her nasty comments and poor treatment that she was forced to keep in. She felt different from the other kids at her school, leading her to question not only herself personally, but herself as a Chinese-American. For example, in the beginning of the novel we start to get a sense of the questions that Kingston has, she writes,“Chinese-Americans, when you try to understand what things in you are Chinese, how do you separate what is peculiar to childhood, to poverty, insanities, one family, your mother who marked your growing with stories, from what is Chinese? What is Chinese tradition and what is in the movies?”(Kingston 5-6). This shows the constant struggle that Kingston faces throughout the entire novel of what is fact and what fiction. She had a hard…

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