Adeline Yen Mah's Chinese Cinderella

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“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”(Mother Teresa.) Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah is tale of an unwanted daughter, and how she ends up pulling through in the end of the memoir and being successful. She has been living in fear and neglect her whole life. But even though she suffers many hardships in her life, she takes the pain. Adeline has done many inspirational actions in this book. These are some of those inspirational actions: she tries her best at everything, she pulled through even though her friends were taken away from her, finally her hard work payed off in the end. That is why this story is truly the epitome of inspiration. Adeline tried her best at everything even though she is an unwanted daughter. She has been motivated to try hard in everything she does to please her family. “How wonderful! My triumph has become Father’s triumph! I must study harder and keep wearing this medal so I can go on pleasing father.” (p.11) This quote from the book helps us to understand that Adeline’s hard work in school has pleased Father. This is important because it shows that Adeline has been working hard in school to attempt to please her family. “When I go back to school, I’ll try …show more content…

All her hard work gained her respect from friends, class leadership, winning competitions, and pleasing her father enough to go to college. “Well we beg to differ. In fact, we voted you most likely to succeed.”(p.188) From this quote we understand that her friends think she will succeed in life. This is important because it shows she has gained respect from them. “Is it possible? Am I dreaming? Me, the winner?”(p.192) From this quote we can learn that Adeline won the play writing competition. This is important because she worked hard at it over her breaks and ended up being the victor. Adeline's persistence and loyalty payed off as she is announced she is going to college in the end of the

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