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Rules of the Game

In Amy Tan’s short story “Rules of the Game,” Waverly Jung has a difficult relationship with her mother Lindo. Lindo has a lot of strict, traditional expectations for Waverly. However, Waverly’s...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2020, 2:58 pm (UTC)

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In "Rules of the Game," the main theme is conflict and the quest for power within families, between cultures, and on the chessboard. This becomes apparent early on, when Waverly is yearning to have...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2020, 12:21 pm (UTC)

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Personification is attributing human traits to animals or inanimate objects. One example of personification in this story is the wind. The wind represents the abstract concept of invisible...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2021, 12:38 pm (UTC)

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The first type of conflict that I would mention is the conflict of the gender rules that Waverly's mother, Lindo, advocates. As children, Waverly's brothers are free to do whatever they like and...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020, 10:44 am (UTC)

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Amy Tan's "Rules of the Game" is full of sensory imagery, with descriptions of the tastes, sounds, and smells of Waverly's childhood, in addition to any number of striking visual images. Taste and...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2020, 1:10 pm (UTC)

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Waverly begins the story with something her mother taught her, “the art of invisible strength,” which she has remembered and used ever since. One reason for the frequent clashes between Waverly and...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020, 6:09 am (UTC)

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As chess is a game of strategy, so is the contest of wills between Waverly and her mother. Mrs. Jong utilizes her own rules to repress her daughter's stubborn temperament, while Waverly resorts to...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016, 2:03 pm (UTC)

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In "Rules of the Game," wind symbolically represents inner strength, strategy, and intellect, all of which allow Waverly to overcome various obstacles in life and defeat her opponents in chess. At...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2020, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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In the story "Rules of the Game," Waverly's mother tells her that the "strongest wind cannot be seen." Essentially, Waverly's mother tries to impress upon Waverly an important truth: the strongest...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2021, 12:34 pm (UTC)

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One symbol that remains present throughout the story is the wind. In a way, the wind acts as Waverly's best friend. That's a bit sad to think about, but the wind functions very much like an...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2019, 12:32 am (UTC)

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Waverly's mother, Lindo, is extremely proud of her daughter's talent, but she develops into an oppressive influence as she constantly hovers over Waverly while she's practicing chess and forces...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2018, 2:48 pm (UTC)

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In "Rules of the Game," the American-born Waverly learns Chinese cultural rules from her mother. One is that strength lies in invisibility. Her mother likens this kind of strength to the wind,...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2021, 12:28 pm (UTC)

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Personification is a literary technique in which a written word provides non-human entities with human characteristics. Waverly describes how her mother would twist her thick black hair into two...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2017, 5:47 am (UTC)

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Waverly is compared to a child waiting on a bus, and she compares the lights in her apartment to a tiger’s eyes. A simile is a type of figurative language where two things are being compared. They...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2015, 2:59 am (UTC)

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In Amy Tan’s story, Waverly is a highly competitive girl who excels at chess. From her mother, she learns about how to stand out as a competitor by being patient and anticipating what the other...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2020, 6:43 am (UTC)

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In “Rules of the Game,” the protagonist Waverly asks her mother, “Ma, what is Chinese torture?” Her question about Chinese torture reveals a not-so-innocent attempt to test and mock her mother’s...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2020, 8:39 pm (UTC)

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Although there's little doubt that Waverly's mother Lindo loves her daughter, she has a funny way of showing it at times. Lindo's got it into her head that Waverly can and will become a child chess...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2020, 10:44 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2020, 11:08 am (UTC)

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Waverly's strict mother makes her accompany her to the local market on Saturdays when she does not have any chess tournaments. At the market, Waverly's mother introduces her to many people, which...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2019, 9:30 pm (UTC)

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This piece of writing has excellent sensory details that really engage the reader's senses. This is one of my favorite examples: In the early morning, when the alley was still quiet, I could smell...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2020, 10:57 am (UTC)

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The ending game between Waverly and her mother is significant for a couple of reasons. The first would be that Waverly's mother crushes Waverly. This helps to explain how the mother holds power...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2012, 1:35 pm (UTC)

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She simply wants what most parents desire for their children--success and happiness--and as an immigrant from China, she believes that America is the only place where that is possible for her...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2010, 6:26 am (UTC)

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A simile is a figure of speech which uses like or as to compare two things which are basically different. In "Rules of the Game," an excerpt from her novel The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan recounts the...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016, 7:40 pm (UTC)

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The primary conflict of Rules of the Game revolves around the theme of "hidden strength." Hidden strength is a concept that Waverly's mother, Lindo Jong, instills in her from an early age. It is...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2020, 7:52 pm (UTC)

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A metaphor is a type of figurative language where two unlike things are compared by saying that one is the other. Metaphors are used by authors to add color to the story and to better help the...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016, 3:03 am (UTC)

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Meimei, otherwise known as Waverly, tricks her mother into letting her play in a chess tournament by appealing to her mother's sense of family honor as well as to her sense of competition. Let's...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016, 12:05 am (UTC)

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By the time we've reached the end of the story, Waverly has just returned home after briefly running away. She was finding it increasingly hard to live with the pressure of being a chess prodigy,...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2020, 12:45 pm (UTC)

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Waverly lives in San Francisco's Chinatown in a two-bedroom apartment above a Chinese bakery that makes dim sum and pastries. Tan writes, "By daybreak, our flat was heavy with the odor of fried...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2016, 4:46 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Jong's response suggests that she is a proud person, and that she's eager to maintain for herself and her family a strong identity as Chinese. Her response also hints that she's a bit...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2016, 4:50 pm (UTC)

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Amy Tan’s story is successful in part because chess is used both in a literal and a metaphorical sense. When Waverly finally confronts her mother, demanding that Lindo stop capitalizing on her...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020, 7:01 am (UTC)

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Waverly’s mother is a proud woman and instructs her son Vincent to throw away the secondhand chess set he receives as a Christmas present from the local church because she views it as an insult to...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2021, 1:04 pm (UTC)

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"Rules of the Game," a short story from Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club, features Waverly Jong and her mother Lindo. Like the other stories in the novel, especially those in the sections focusing...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2019, 8:25 pm (UTC)

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“Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan is a short story narrated by a young Chinese-American girl named Waverly Jong, known to her family as Meimei. Meimei, who becomes an excellent chess player, is in a...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019, 4:39 am (UTC)

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Waverly learns not to be vain or childish when playing chess. Waverly first plays chess after her family gets a used set for Christmas. It is missing pieces, and her mother wants them to throw it...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2016, 4:09 am (UTC)

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Invisible strength, as defined in the beginning of the story, is the ability to win arguments and win respect from people. This is a broad definition, and it can be applied in many different ways....

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016, 3:23 am (UTC)

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Consider the section at the end of the story when Meimei imagines playing her mother in chess: Her black men advanced across the plane, slowly marching to each successive level as a single unit....

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016, 2:19 pm (UTC)

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Waverly's mother, who is from China, imparts truths such as "Strongest wind cannot be seen" to help her children get ahead in life and go beyond their humble background in San Francisco's...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2017, 12:36 pm (UTC)

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In the 1989 novel The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan shows how Waverly learns invisible strength from her mother to help her defeat opponents at chess. Invisible strength is the force of staying quiet and...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2020, 7:32 pm (UTC)

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At the beginning of the short story, Waverly's mother teaches her an important lesson regarding the art of invisible strength. When Waverly was six years old, she cried in a grocery store because...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018, 4:00 pm (UTC)

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Th external conflict between Waverley and her mother lies in the way the latter often tries to control her daughter's actions. A great example of external conflict can be seen when Waverley...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016, 6:50 pm (UTC)

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In the chapter "Rules of the Game" from Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club, Waverly Jong learns some valuable lessons, both from her mother and from her own personal experiences. One idea that she...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2010, 10:51 am (UTC)

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The climax of this brilliant story that tells of the conflict between a Chinese immigrant to America and her daughter comes at the very end as, in a dream, Waverley faces her mother in a mystical...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2011, 6:51 pm (UTC)

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When Waverly cries for a bag of salted plums, her mother orders her to "bite back" her tongue or to cease making a fuss. For her part, Waverly's mother does not comply with Waverly's demands....

Latest answer posted November 30, 2018, 4:29 pm (UTC)

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In this story, Waverly’s mother teaches her the art of “invisible strength.” What that means is that sometimes you can accomplish more by quietly working toward a goal. Waverly learns to do this...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016, 5:01 am (UTC)

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Personification is a literary device in which human attributes are applied to an animal, idea, or inanimate object. Authors utilize personification to help readers relate the actions of nonhuman...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2020, 11:24 am (UTC)

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The short story, “The Rules of the Game,” is more than a story about chess. Right from the beginning, this point is clearly communicated when Waverly says that her mother taught her the art of...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2018, 1:35 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the short story, Waverly's mother teaches her the art of invisible strength. Waverly's mother tells her daughter to bite her tongue because the "Strongest wind cannot be seen."...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2017, 1:03 pm (UTC)

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Waverly (Meimei) has a love/hate type of relationship with her mother, although "love/hate" might be too strong. She loves and admires her mother but is increasingly frustrated with how her mother...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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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....

Latest answer posted October 4, 2016, 7:53 pm (UTC)

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Starting with the quote would be a good place to begin: I also found out why I should never reveal "why" to others. A little knowledge withheld is a great advantage one should store for future...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2015, 5:36 pm (UTC)

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