I am having trouble starting a paragraph. I have to explain a passage from a book. Can anyone help me start off?  

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lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In order to help you better, you will need to tell us what passage from this book you are referring to. This is a work of historical fiction based in part on the real life of Chairman Mao's wife, Jiang Qinq.  The author grew up greatly admiring this woman's rise to power from a dysfunctional and abusive childhood to the wife of the leader of China. It is both inspiring and sad because Jiang overcomes great odds in her rise to power, but soon falls due to circumstances which mostly are out of her control.

So, if you give us the passage, we can help you better with your starting paragraph. Or, you can read the information about the novel at the link below and see if this helps you start off your essay.

deloreanseasun | Student

i don't know if this is good, here: Like the flood of the Yellow River, it comes and crashes in big waves. it's violence changes the landscpe of her being. The rage gets worse as she ages. It becomes a kept beast. It breathes and grows underground while consuming her. Its constant presence makes her feel worthless. Her desire to fight is, to prove that it does now exist, lies behind her every action.


I have to explain the context of this quote.

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Becoming Madame Mao

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