Reflective Essay On Woman Warrior

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In the book Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, Kingston 's mother Brave Orchid tells many stories about her past that she believes have lessons behind them, lessons that Kingston should learn from and can help shape her. Her mother wants Kingston to follow the role of a Chinese woman. Brave Orchid believes Kingston should learn something from the stories and in some cases not do what was done. While telling these stories she tells Kingston what she should know about them to shape her into the role of a Chinese woman. Kingston does not want to follow the role of a chinese woman. She finds the traditional role to be strict. The Chinese believe women should stay home and take care of the family while men go out and do the hard work. Kingston …show more content…
Kingston meets her aunt Moon Orchid at the airport when they pick her up. Moon Orchid was married in China before her husband came to America, after he just sent her money but had no intentions of bringing her to America. He had started his whole no life and family in America. Brave Orchid brought Moon Orchid to America so she could claim her rights. Brave Orchid explains to Moon Orchid “He deserves your getting angry with him. For abandoning you and for abandoning your daughter”(The Woman Warrior, 125). Moon Orchid confronts him but he wants nothing to do with her. While Kingston 's aunt is living with them all Brave Orchid does is criticize her children. This reminds Kingston of her feelings towards her mother. Moon Orchid starts to have delusions and believes someone is going to kill her. Brave Orchid takes her to a mental asylum where she passes away. Kingston realizes the control men have on woman. Liping Zhang wrote “As a typical Chinese wife, she was voiceless, depending totally on her husband’s money, devoting herself completely to the lifelong but meaningless marriage”(Mothers control vs. Daughters freedom: Voices from Kingston 's The Woman Warrior, 1677). Kingston believes Chinese woman should not let others control them. They can go out and do much …show more content…
Kington says “Maybe because I was the one with the tongue cut loose, I had grown inside me a list of over two hundred things that I had to tell my mother so that she would know the true things about me and to stop the pain in my throat”(The Woman Warrior, 197). Kingston sometimes didn 't really believe this was true because she has always had difficulties communicating with others. Liping Zhang explains “She hated to speak, but sometimes stuttered and quaked like a duck”(Mothers control vs. Daughters freedom: Voices from Kingston 's The Woman Warrior,1675). Brave Orchid was loud and probably wanted Kingston to be loud like many Chinese woman. Kingston reflects on her life, she looks back to when when she was younger and her journey growing up. She blames many of her problems on her

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