Think about the author's use of structure in "Rules of the Game." How does the author order events? What plot techniques (flashback, flash forward, dream sequence) are used? Explain how the author's choices regarding structure create tension and/or add to the meaning. Provide at least two specific details from the text to support your analysis of structure.

"Rules of the Game" relies primarily on the use of the plot technique of flashback in order to highlight the conflict between Waverly and her mother.

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"Rules of the Game" is told through flashback, recalling young Waverly's experience in becoming a chess champion. The story relies on chronological order through flashback in order to highlight the conflict between Waverly and her mother.

In the exposition, this conflict is identified. Waverly's mother is characterized as holding high expectations for her daughter, as she represents their Chinese culture:

"Ma, what is Chinese torture?" My mother shook her head. A bobby pin was wedged between her lips. She wetted her palm and smoothed the hair above my ear, then pushed the pin in so that it nicked sharply against my scalp.

"Who say this word?" she asked without a trace of knowing how wicked I was being. I shrugged my shoulders and said, "Some boy in my class said Chinese people do Chinese torture."

"Chinese many things," she said simply. "Chinese people do business, do medicine, do painting. Not lazy like American people. We do torture. Best torture."

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