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Rules of the Game

What is the theme of the story "Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan?

The themes of "Rules of the Game" are all about conflict—first the eternal conflict between generations, then the equally well-established yet less clear-cut conflict between authority and and...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019 1:54 pm UTC

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In "The Rules of the Game," what is the main theme?

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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What are three kinds of conflict in "Rules of the Game"?

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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What is the relationship between Waverly Jong and her mother in "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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What are three examples of personification in "Rules of the Game"?  

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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What is the main conflict in "Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan?

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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What are two similes in the story "The Rules of the Game"?

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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What are two examples of sensory imagery in the story "Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan?

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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What is the symbolism in the story "Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan?

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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Why does Waverly see her mother as her opponent at the end of the story?

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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What are examples of similes in "Rules of the Game"?

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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In the first line of the story "Rules of the Game," Waverly talks about "invisible strength." In the second...

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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What does the wind symbolize in this quote from "Rules of the Game"? "I felt the wind rushing around...

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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What does the symbol "wind" mean in the story "Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan?

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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What are two examples of imagery or sensory details in "Rules of the Game"?

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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A parent’s love can be described as a double-edged sword, having the power to both defend and destroy a child....

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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What are the crisis, climax, and falling action of "Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan?

When you speak about “crisis, climax, and falling action,” you are speaking about the plot of Amy Tan’s The Rules of the Game. I find two things interesting about your question. First, it’s...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2015 1:53 pm UTC

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In the story "Rules of the Game," what does Waverly's mother want for her sons and daughter?

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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Think about the author's use of structure in "Rules of the Game." How does the author order events? What plot...

"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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Symbolically connect Waverly to the fish the family eats for dinner in the final scene of "Rules of the Game."  

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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What is the invisible strength in "Rules of the Game"?

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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In "The Rules of the Game," how are Waverly and her mother different and how are they alike?

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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In Rules of the Game, what does Mrs. Jong's response to the accusation that Chinese people use torture reveal about...

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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In "Rules of the Game," what is the art of invisible strength?

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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What are two examples of personification in "Rules of the Game"?

Personification is a literary device used to give human characteristics to something that is not human. Writers use this technique for variety of purposes, from irony to imagery to tone. After her...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020 11:04 am UTC

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What are 3 metaphors in "Rules of the Game"?

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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What are some symbols in "Rules of the Game?"

The most obvious symbol in the story is the game of chess. At first chess is merely a game. One of Waverly's brothers received a chess set from the local baptist church for a Christmas gift. They...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016 10:25 pm UTC

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What is the central conflict of "The Rules of the Game," by Amy Tan?

"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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In "Rules of the Game," what are the characteristics of Waverly's mother? 

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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At the end, Waverly imagines a game of chess which her mother is her opponent.   Explain how this imaginary game...

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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The story "Rules of the Game" is about more than the rules of a chess game. It is about the rules of life. What rules...

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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What's the internal and external conflict between Waverly and her mother in "Rules of the Game"?

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 5–7 complete sentences, summarize your Module One short story "Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan. Give specific...

In “Rules of the Game,” Amy Tan introduces through her characters what the Chinese culture generally labels chi. The author refers to this energy or life force as invisible strength: I was six...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2020 3:27 pm UTC

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List the order of events in "Rules of the Game."

1. Waverly wants her mom to buy her some salted plums, but Waverly’s mom wants her daughter to display restraint (“invisible strength”). 2. Waverly’s mom rewards her for being silent with some of...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 8:10 pm UTC

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What kind of relationship does Waverly have with her mother?

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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How is Meimei's relationship with her mother like a game of chess?  

“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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What is the climax in "Rules of the Game"?  

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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What does Waverly mean when she describes chess as "a game of secrets in which one must show and never tell"? How can...

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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Who is the protagonist and antagonist in Amy Tan's short story The Rules of the Game?

Waverly Jong is the protagonist in Amy Tan's short story The Rules of the Game. There are certain essential clues that a reader should look for in identifying the protagonist and the antagonist in...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2015 6:29 am UTC

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In "The Rules of the Game" what did Waverley mean when she said this quote? "My mother imparted her daily truths so...

Let us remember the context of this powerful story. The tale concerns a migrant family who have come from China to live in the States. As such, they have to conquer and master a number of different...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2010 9:13 am UTC

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What life skills does "Rules of the Game" teach us for achieving success?

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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In "Rules of the Game," how does Waverly start playing chess?

One Christmas, Waverly and her family attend the annual Christmas party at the First Chinese Baptist Church, which is at the end of their alley. The missionary women had put together a Santa Bag...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 10:26 am UTC

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How would you describe Waverly's neighborhood in "The Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan?

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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What is the plot of the story "The Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan?

At the beginning the narrator recalls, "I was six when my mother taught me the art of invisible strength. It was a strategy for winning arguments, respect from others, and eventually, though...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2007 9:47 am UTC

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How does Meimei trick her mother into letting her play in her first tournament?   

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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How do you interpret the opening proverb about the "wise guy" that frames Tan's story in the "Rules of the Game?"

This is a great question. In order to appreciate the words "wise guy," you need some context. Let me, therefore, start off with the quote: "Bite back your tongue," scolded my mother when I cried...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2015 9:15 pm UTC

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What points of chess etiquette does Waverly learn from Lau Po in "Rules of the Game"?  

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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In the story "Rules of The Game" by Amy Tan, give an example of a metaphor.

The whole story is a metaphor. Waverly's mother taught her the art of invisible strength. This art was to win arguments and respect from others. Later Waverly would understand that this art could...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015 10:24 pm UTC

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How does Mrs. Jong teach Waverly rules and behaviors? 

Mrs. Jong is a hands-on type of parent. In other words, she is active in teaching Waverly. This can be seen in the opening lines of the story, where Waverly says that her mother taught her the...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016 3:48 pm UTC

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If "Rules of the Game" continued, can you suggest what happens and a new denouement?

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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