Mistakes Should be Forgiven in No Name Woman by Susan G. Kingston

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How important is your name? In “No Name Woman” by Susan G Kingston she talks about her nameless aunt who has committed adultery and is forgotten because of it. Chinese culture is very strict and non-forgiving it caused this woman to commit suicide along with her new born child because she couldn’t take the torture of living and constantly being judged for a possible mistake. This world that Kingston lived in names were like a privilege. If you did something to distort the Chinese culture your family along with the outsiders would forget you like you never existed. Names are very important to every individual because it’s nothing like having your own identity to separate you from everyone else and it gives a way to directly remember a person. The story is called “No Name Woman” (221 Kingston) for the reason that the author’s aunt identity was taken from her for committing adultery. Women in the world that Kingston lived in had to be civilized and were not able to have their own opinion about things. These women in my opinion didn’t have much freedom they were always expected to do certain things and to be a certain way. Since things were so uniform when women did do things out of the ordinary it was a very big deal to their population and surrounding. Understanding the Chinese culture was confusing for Kingston. “Chinese-Americans, when you try to understand what things in you are Chinese , how do you separate what is peculiar to childhood, to poverty, insanities, one family, your mother who marked your growing with stories, from what is Chinese? What is Chinese tradition and what is the movies?” (Kingston 223). Kingston questions her tradition and she doesn’t seem very sure what it is. She questions whether what her mother did by... ... middle of paper ... ...d her mistakes as well as her families. Kingston could be her aunt’s “substitute” (233) because just like her aunt made a horrible mistake of committing adultery, Kingston did also by betraying her mother’s guidelines of keeping the story a secret. Kingston made multiple books about her aunt and her secrets the one thing that her mother asked her not to do was not to tell anyone and she did it anyway. Kingston did it because she didn’t want he aunts ghost to haunt her. There will always be a substitute the nameless woman won’t be the last person to not be able to abide by the Chinese traditions. Her aunt will always be the nameless woman because Kingston never found out her aunt’s name. People should have to live under such strict rules because they are bound to be broken by someone. People should also be forgiven and not taken to the extremes of forgetting someone.

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