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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jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Waverly says this when she tells her mother that her mother embarrasses her and Waverly breaks away from her. The wind symbolizes Waverly's own sense of herself, her power, and her independence. When she is playing in chess tournaments, she feels the wind blowing by her and inspiring her. The wind tells her its secrets so that she can defeat her opponent in chess matches. The wind is her sense of herself, and when her mother forces her to go shopping and introduces herself everywhere as Waverly's mother, Waverly feels the wind in her ears. The wind pushes her to rebel against her mother and stand up for herself. As her mother says, "The strongest wind cannot be seen." That means that the strongest people have their own sense of their own identifies and a sense of their own desires and therefore make formidable opponents. 

Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.   

janjoun | Student

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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