What is the resolution of the story story "Rules Of The Game?"

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I can see why you ask this question. One of the oddities of this short story is that there is no clear resolution. Some context will be important. 

In the beginning of the story, Waverly's mother teaches her the art of "invisible strength." Tan defines this as: "a strategy for winning arguments, respect from others." Later Waverly learns that this is very helpful in winning chess matches. In time, she becomes a prodigy and gains national recognition. All of this was good, but Waverly could not stand it when her mother showed her off to people. At the market, Waverly expressed this to her mother and a conflict ensued. Next Waverly ran away. 

At this point we would expect a resolution, but nothing happens. Waverly comes home. There is silent treatment apart from a few words by her mother: "We not concerning this girl. This girl not have concerning for us." 

Finally, Waverly goes into her room and as the text says: "I closed my eyes and pondered my next move."

In light of this, we can say that if there is a resolution, it is that Waverly learned enough to challenge her mother. 

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