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The Bonesetter's Daughter

What significance do names and their nuances have in The Bonesetter’s Daughter? Why is it so important that Ruth...

Names take on significance in Amy Tan’s novels. In The Bonesetter’s Daughter, one important name is that of Precious Auntie. She is referred to as both Bao Mu and Bao Bomu. Each name carries a very...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019 10:31 pm UTC

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The Bonesetter's Daughter

how does ruth feel about her mother in the beginning of the passage?

Hello! In the beginning of the story, we are introduced to Ruth, a ghost writer, who lives with her boyfriend, Art Kamen, and his two daughters, Dory and Fia. Ruth feels that her mother is a very...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2015 8:51 pm UTC

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The Bonesetter's Daughter

As LuLing loses her memory, how does her story become more clear to Ruth? How does Tan explore the transience of...

The transience, or impermanence, of memory is a central theme in Amy Tan's book The Bonesetter's Daughter. As she gets older, LuLing is losing her memories, and with them her connection to her past...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 6:53 pm UTC

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The Bonesetter's Daughter

How does The Bonesetter's Daughter contribute to the theme of generation gaps?

The generation gap is a common theme right throughout the works of Amy Tan, and it crops up again in The Bonesetter’s Daughter. As if often the case in Tan’s work, we are presented with a young...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 9:18 am UTC

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