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Kingston proceeds to tell the tale about her aunt that she was forbidden to tell because she wants to give a voice to this "no name aunt" that she has. Kingston recognizes that there are many...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2010 2:54 am UTC

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In The Woman Warrior, the relationship between Kingston and her mother Brave Orchid is fraught with tension. Kingston says in several places throughout the book that she is and has been confused...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2010 3:48 am UTC

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In the story of the “No Name Woman,” the woman whom Maxine’s mother does not name is the girl’s aunt. This No Name Aunt endured sexual abuse and physical abuse in her home village in China. In her...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021 1:56 am UTC

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“White Tigers,” chapter 2 of The Warrior Woman, describes the tales of Chinese female fighter Fa Mu Lan and Chinese-American Maxine Hong Kingston. Kingston uses various literary devices throughout...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020 6:40 pm UTC

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Birds in The Woman Warrior are auspicious symbols (opportune; promising success) and they appear in talk-stories that Maxine hears. In "White Tigers" birds are guides who lead the way up a hill,...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010 9:01 am UTC

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Ghosts are first introduced in Brave Orchid’s tale of her time studying medicine. Unafraid of the ghost that haunted a room in the dormitory, she agreed to sleep in the room only to be confronted...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2016 10:15 pm UTC

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Brave Orchid is Maxine's mother. She is full of stories that reveal family sagas as well as heroes and heroines. Through Brave Orchid's tale of her sister-in-law who committed adultery she tries to...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2009 2:25 pm UTC

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Magical realism is best demonstrated in the novel when the narrator imagines herself as the warrior woman Fa Mu Lan. She learned the legend of Fa Mu Lan through "talk-story," a Chinese tradition of...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2019 11:42 pm UTC

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In the chapter "At the Western Palace” of Maxine Hong Kingston’s memoir Woman Warrior, the Chinese sisters Brave Orchid and Moon Orchid have sharply contrasting personalities. Brave Orchid is...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2021 2:21 am UTC

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The main title of this memoir by Maxine Hong Kingston, Woman Warrior, evokes the image of a strong young girl -- like the one in the legend Kingston tells -- who can be both warrior and lover,...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2009 11:50 pm UTC

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Maxine Hong Kingston tells the story of Fa Mu Lan in The Woman Warrior, placing herself in the position of Mu Lan. In the story, she stays with an old man and woman in the mountains, who teach her...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2016 12:11 am UTC

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When writing about characterization, you should consider several things. Look at what the character says or does and ask yourself what this says about the character. What kind of person is Brave...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2010 3:00 am UTC

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In the last section of Maxine Hong Kingston’s autobiographical book The Woman Warrior, Kingston reveals her troubles with English. The chapter starts with Kingston detailing her problems in school....

Latest answer posted March 23, 2021 2:27 pm UTC

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It's important to note that "Catfish in the Bathtub" is not an essay but an excerpt from the chapter called "Shaman" in Hong Kingston's autobiographical book The Woman Warrior. As such, it is...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2013 5:00 am UTC

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The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, by Maxine Hong Kingston (b. 1940), won a National Book Critics Award for nonfiction. A first-generation Chinese-American, Kingston combines...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019 9:46 pm UTC

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When Brave Orchid goes to visit her sister in the mental hospital, Moon Orchid is happy. She "prance[s] like a child" and says, "No one ever leaves. Isn't that wonderful? We are all...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2008 1:52 pm UTC

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The titular character of The Woman Warrior’s first chapter is “No-Name Woman,” the sister-in-law of the narrator’s father; she is a woman whose identity is erased due to the shame she brought onto...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2021 1:32 am UTC

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It appears that Moon Orchid expects life in America to be much like her life in China. When she and Brave Orchid walk through Chinatown to the family's laundry, she thinks that the Chinese there...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2008 11:00 am UTC

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Maxine Hong Kingston (born Maxine Ting Ting Hong) is a first generation Chinese-American and The Warrior Woman is her attempt to fight the cultural and historic traditions that influence her search...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2015 11:12 am UTC

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In this chapter, Kingston learns of her aunt who committed adultery and brought shame to the family. Kingston feels a strong connection with this aunt whose name the family does not mention and...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2009 11:22 pm UTC

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In The Woman Warrior, we hear how Kingston's aunt gave birth to a child outside of marriage. This was deemed to be a terrible crime that brought dishonor to her family and to the whole village. In...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2021 8:06 pm UTC

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The ideal response to the so-called crime committed by the narrator’s aunt in “No Name Woman” would be to point out the sexism of the situation. Neither the aunt nor her family should have been...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2021 7:58 pm UTC

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In Maxine Hong Kingston's story, The Woman Warrior, the primary theme of the story deals with a woman's place—her search for identity and self—in Chinese culture, and later in the American culture...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2011 11:32 am UTC

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The orchid in Chinese symbolism is usually associated with fertility and children, so it could be that. Also, since the family is away from their native china, it could be that the name symbolized...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2007 12:56 pm UTC

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In most ways, Moon Orchid represents all that her sister Brave Orchid (and Kingston) are not. Moon Orchid is aware of her husband's mistress, yet she does not insist that he leave his mistress...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2010 6:50 am UTC

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In the final chapter of The Woman Warrior, Kingston says that her mother recently told her a story when Kingston told her mother that she too has become a story teller. Kingston says that in the...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011 9:04 pm UTC

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Maxine Hong Kingston characterizes her mom as strong, somewhat problematic, and independent in The Woman Warrior. She is a complicated character with multiple dimensions. In the first section, “No...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021 2:56 pm UTC

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In Maxine Hong Kingston's novel, The Woman Warrior, eNotes Study Guides describes several themes. While a search for identity and self is the primary theme, secondary themes are sexism and flesh...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2011 11:56 am UTC

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As explained in http://www.enotes.com/woman-warrior/themes, The Woman Warrior recounts five different milestones that contribute to Maxine Hong Kingston's growth as a person and the development of...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2008 8:31 am UTC

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Maxine Hong Kingston’s book rejects the idea of a male norm of thinking and behavior that is stable and unchanging by presenting female identities that are unstable and changing. Think about the...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2021 7:23 pm UTC

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To compare Maxine Hong Kingston, the unnamed narrator throughout The Woman Warrior, to her mother, Brave Orchid, think about how each possesses a powerful imagination. In the first section,...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2021 6:45 pm UTC

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The society of the village was very traditional. Men's and women's roles were strictly defined. When the aunt committed adultery, she went against everything that the villagers believed in. She...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2010 2:30 am UTC

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There are some elements of Moon Orchid's characterization that relate to an Orientalized image of Chinese women; however, Moon Orchid's character is a little more complicated than an Orientalized...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2010 8:53 pm UTC

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This amazing autobiography begins in its first section with the narrator's mother telling a story about an aunt who has brought massive shame upon her family, and therefore whose story is secret...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2012 3:38 pm UTC

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In addition, you might want to do something regarding the role and power of language and silence. The last chapter focuses on silence so it's helpful to explore the various ways in which silence...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 5:52 am UTC

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Maxine's mother gives her mixed messages about what a woman is supposed to be in society. She tells her about Fa Mu Lan, a woman warrior, but then she constantly puts down Maxine's dreams, warning...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2007 2:52 am UTC

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Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior draws close parallels to other novels written by Chinese American writers including Donald Duk by Frank Chin. In both stories, the protagonists (I will...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2010 5:01 am UTC

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In The Woman Warrior, the stories that Kingston hears as a child serve as "ghost stories" in her memory. The primary source of these stories is her mother, and Kingston says that often her...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2010 6:08 pm UTC

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In The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston largely explores her confusion over how to negotiate her American, Chinese, and Chinese-American selves. In each of the five chapters, Kingston showcases...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2010 10:00 pm UTC

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In The Woman Warrior, Kingston explores the disconnect that she felt growing up with both her Chinese and American cultures. She was raised in Stockton, California, where her father relocated...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2010 6:00 pm UTC

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