Essay about Who They Would Marry?

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whom they would marry” (Louie, 1982). Yeh-Shen stays true to her identity by expressing an interest to attend the festival. “How Yeh-Shen longed to go! But her stepmother had other plans” (Louie, 1982).
At the beginning of the text, readers can assume that Yeh-Shen’s family is well known and respected, partly due to Chief Wu’s occupation. It is not clear if Yeh-Shen and her stepmother maintained this status after Chief Wu’s death, but readers can assume that Yeh-Shen’s class was lowered due to the fact that Yeh-Shen has a filthy coat and wears rags for clothing. Race is not significant in Yeh-Shen A Cinderella Story from China, as all of the characters in this story are from China. As it relates to gender, single females are portrayed as being strong and independent. Independence and strength is revealed through Yeh-Shen’s stepmother as she is able to raise her daughter and stepdaughter without the help of anyone. The strength of the female gender shifts after one marries. This is revealed later in the story when the “king would not permit Yeh-Shen to bring [her stepmother and stepsister] to his palace” (Louie, 1982). The stepmother clearly has power over Yeh-Shen in this story by making her do chores sand running errands. The stepmother’s power was further demonstrated when she did not permit Yeh-Shen to attend the festival. Once Yeh-Shen is married, the power shifts from the stepmother to the king as readers are informed that Yeh-Shen is not permitted to bring her…

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