I would like to know if anyone has Chapter 2, "White Tigers" of The Warrior Woman annotated? I am in need of the following (Imagery, Personification, Irony, repetition, Allegory, Analogy,...

I would like to know if anyone has Chapter 2, "White Tigers" of The Warrior Woman annotated?

I am in need of the following (Imagery, Personification, Irony, repetition, Allegory, Analogy, hyperbole & metaphor) for entire short story. I am in need of serious help! Thank You!

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In the fictional memoir, The Warrior Woman, after having learned of her aunt, whose life has been considered such a disgrace, that her brother has had it erased, Kingston conceives of her aunt as a spirit who visits her because no one else will honor her memory; so she dedicates her writing to her lost aunt.

In Chapter 2, "White Tigers," Kingston recalls mythological stories about courageous women such as the woman who invented white crane boxing; another valiant woman was Fa Mu Lan, who went to war on behalf of her father and returned to be honored as a national hero. With this introduction, Kingston then develops her own fantasy in which she becomes a part of the tale of Fa Mu Lan.

  • Allegory 

Much of the narrative, then, is taken up with this tale that is allegorical in the sense that it figuratively hides the real story of Kingston's developing independence in the United States as she decides to make all A's and develop a career for herself. Thus, the fantastical story of Fa Mu Lan who goes to live with the old people who teach her to be a warrior by strengthening herself and enduring starvation and the threat of the white tigers, as well as the lessons of the dragons that the old couple teach her.

  • Irony

It is ironical that when Fa Mu Lan takes the place of her father in the army by disguising herself as a man that men enlist with her.
Kingston perceives a certain irony, and melancholy as well, that birds, normally auspicious symbols of good fortune and courage and the ability of rise above misfortune, mislead people.
In another example of irony, the peasants are killed in the same manner as the corrupt baron, so in death they are equal when they were not during life.

  • Imagery

There is a great deal of imagery in the tale of Fa Mu Lan. For instance, early in the legend, there is visual imagery as she is

...looking through water into fire and seeing my mother again. I nodded orange and warm.

--Visual imagery at the beginning describes the crane that "crosses the sun" and "lifts itself into the mountains."
--Audio imagery comes from the cries of the crane and the chant of the warrior woman who replaces her father in battle. 
--Tactile imagery is found in the description of '[T'he brambles would tear off my shoes."

  • Personification

In her legend of Fu Mu Lan, Kingston describes the crane's resemblance to the ideograph for "human": two black wings. In addition, there is a time

When the mountains and the pines turned into blue oxen, blue dogs, and blue people standing....

  • Hyperbole

There is obvious exaggeration as Fa Mu Lan describes noon of the 10th day of her fasting on the mountain as she has a

green joyous rush inside my mouth, my head, my stomach, my toes, my soul--the best meal of my life.

  • Analogy

Kingston draws analogous comparisons between her aunt's having lived with the old couple and acquired discipline and courage to her experiences in America.

  • Metaphor

My mother caught the blood and wiped the cuts with a cold towel soaked in wine. It hurt terribly - the cuts sharp; the air burning; the alcohol cold, then hot — pain so various. [...] The list of grievances went on and on. If an enemy should flay me, the light would shine through me like lace.

This carving of grievances on the back of her daughter is a metaphor for the repression of women in the Chinese culture.

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