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brittanymaples | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 8, 2008 at 2:26 AM via web

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What does the wind symbolize in this quote from "Rules of the Game"? "I felt the wind rushing around my hot ears."

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted January 8, 2008 at 3:37 AM (Answer #1)

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Like her mother, the wind is a force that Waverly feels powerless to control.

Waverly has heard about wind all her life.  Early in the story, Mrs. Jong says, "Wise guy, he not go against wind...Strongest wind cannot be seen.”

Chinese life tells Waverly that she is to respect the "unseen" wind...the authority of her parents, the strictures of her culture.  However, all of Waverly's "American-ness" tells her that the pursuit of happiness is one's own construction.  It is the pull between self-effacement and self-promotion.  Waverly is caught in the cross-gales.   

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janjoun | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 3, 2011 at 11:03 PM (Answer #2)

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in the first page of the story"rules of the game"the narrator  introduces the wind by re-saying what the mother have taught "wise guy,he not go against wind. or in other words it  means that the smart person in front of higher power,where in the story the  powerful character is the mother .in conclusion the mother symbolizes the wind.

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