What are some passages in "Rules of the Game" where rules of various sorts are talked about?What multiple meanings might the title have?
In "Rules of the Game," Waverly discusses the life lessons or "rules" that her mother tried to teach her and her brothers. Near the beginning of the story, Waverly asks her mother about Chinese torture, and her mother replies that Chinese people work hard, "Not lazy like American people." Later, after Waverly's brother wins the chess set, their mother tells them to throw it away. She reasons that the woman who gave the chess set away did not want it, so it was not good enough for their family either. She is trying to show her children that they are worth more than someone else's hand-me-downs.
The title "Rules of the Game" literally refers to the rules of chess that Waverly learns and eventually masters. However, the title also refers to the life lessons that Waverly's mother tries to teach the children in this chapter. Waverly struggles with the clash between Chinese and American culture, and her mother tries to mediate this by building her personal values. Waverly is learning the "rules" of living both an American and a Chinese lifestyle while trying to find her sense of self and belonging.