Essay about The ' Monkey Bridge '

724 Words Apr 7th, 2016 3 Pages
In "Monkey Bridge,” Mai and her mother use key aspects of Vietnamese mythology and traditional beliefs, also known as the “luminous motion,” that encompasses speculation of the past as well as of the future. It reflects between the past and present worlds, telling two engaging stories through the narrative of a mother and daughter. Although, both Mai and her mother have had to quickly adjust to American life, they are immediately confronted with an encounter of cultures and generations that quickly start to show hidden secrets from their own family’s past. Vietnamese myth demonstrates obscure historically documented realities.
The First, legend and myth used is Vietnamese Confucian Ethics is one part of the political, social, and moral philosophy developed by the Chinese thinker Confucius. Confucianism is an important part of Vietnamese culture, so understanding Confucian thought is important to understanding the actions and motives of the characters in Monkey Bridge. The duties that arise from relationships, especially family relationships, are central to Confucian thought, and Mai and Thanh 's behavior often reflect this. Mai often desires to be separated from her mother, but at the same time feels a continual obligation to be a faithful daughter. At the same time, Thanh expects Mai to be loyal to both her and the Vietnamese community. Sometimes viewed as a philosophy, sometimes as a religion, Confucianism is perhaps best understood as an all-encompassing humanism, which…

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