Woman Warrior

Essay by ilnet2000High School, 11th gradeA+, May 2005

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Maxine Hong Kingston, the "woman warrior" and the author of "The Woman Warrior" have gone through hardships growing up in a Chinese immigrant family, torn between both Chinese and American traditions and ultimately learned to embrace both as she became an adult. She uses her power of words to descript the American experiences of several females in the novel "The Woman Warrior"; Moon Orchid, Brave Orchid, Maxine herself, and the Girl Who Wouldn't Talk. They all have different experiences in America. Although all four women are Chinese living in America, but surprisingly they all have different experience as their lives differ greatly from one another in the novel.

Moon Orchid, the sister of Brave Orchid and aunt of Maxine Kingston came to America thanks to Brave Orchid's saving bond. Her experience in America proved to be miserable and unsuited to the American life. She serves as a contrast to her American nieces and nephews, as she followed them daily and complimented on their intelligence, abilities and their action, much to the children's annoyance.

She later proves to be an annoyance to the whole family, as she is unable to adjust to the intensity of work in the laundry. Her inability to perform chores such as folding towels and dishwashing proves to Brave Orchid that indeed, women are "useless" as they were often called by the Chinese. Moon Orchid's American experience became a disaster when she attempted to regain her status as the "first wife" of a successful doctor in Los Angeles. However, this husband of hers has moved on and away from the Chinese traditions and has already married again and started a family. This attempt became a failure when the doctor addresses both as "grandmothers" and refuses to have anything to do with his past. Moon Orchid...



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