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Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior

- Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston's novel, The Woman Warrior is a semi-autobiographical collection of short stories that chronicles her childhood in California. It gives the reader a feeling of how it feels like to be a Chinese American girl growing up with traditional parents in a world that is quite different from theirs....   [tags: Kingston Woman Warrior]

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The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

- In the novel The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston uses ghosts to represent a battle between American and Chinese cultures. The two cultures have different views of what a ghost is. The Chinese believe the ghost spirits may be of people dead or alive. Chinese culture recognizes foreigners and unfamiliar people as ghosts because, like American ghosts, they are mysterious creatures of the unknown. Americans view ghosts as spirits of the dead that either help or haunt people. American ghosts may or may not be real....   [tags: Kingston Woman Warrior]

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Maxine Hong Kingston's Woman Warrior

- Maxine Hong Kingston's Woman Warrior      Food strengthens us, without it we are weak. Eating has always been an important factor with families living in poor conditions. Often, those who could not help to produce more food are considered inferior or unworthy to eat. Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior is no exception, due to the relation it creates between eating and the strength of people. This is shown through the tale of Fa-Mu-Lan, the story of the eaters, and the references to the fellow relatives left in China....   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior Essays]

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Maxine Hong Kingston's Woman Warrior - No Name Woman

- Maxine Hong Kingston's Woman Warrior - No Name Woman The excerpt, "No Name Woman", from Maxine Hong Kingston's book, Woman Warrior, gives insight into her life as a Chinese girl raised in America through a tragic story of her aunt's life, a young woman raised in a village in China in the early 1900s. The story shows the consequences beliefs, taught by parents, have on a child's life. Kingston attempts to figure out what role the teachings of her parents should have on her life, a similar attempt for many of us in the world....   [tags: Woman Warrior Kingston Essays Papers]

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Free Essays - Response to Kingston's Woman Warrior

- A Response to Kingston's Woman Warrior Sometimes, I must admit, I look at my mother and wonder where she is coming from, what in the world she is thinking, and why does she act the way she does. I can not possibly be like her because, as I tell myself, if I catch on to her weird behavior now, I will be able to catch it in myself before it is "too late." The funny thing is that I am sure that she did and still does the same thing in regards to her own mother. What is even worse is that I see my mother becoming like her own mother, despite my mother's hopes that she is not like my grandmother....   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior Essays]

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Quest for Identity in Maxine Hong Kingston's Autobiography, The Woman Warrior

- Quest for Identity in Maxine Hong Kingston's Autobiography, The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston's autobiography, The Woman Warrior, features a young Chinese-American constantly searching for "an unusual bird" that would serve as her impeccable guide on her quest for individuality (49). Instead of the flawless guide she seeks, Kingston develops under the influence of other teachers who either seem more fallible or less realistic. Dependent upon their guidance, she grows under the influence of American and Chinese schools and the role models of Brave Orchid, Fa Mu Lan, and Moon Orchid....   [tags: Kingston Woman Warrior Essays]

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Impact of Chinese Heritage on Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior

- Impact of Chinese Heritage on Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior "Haunted by the power of images. I do feel that I go into madness and chaos. There's a journey of everything falling apart, even the meaning and the order that I can put on something by the writing." —Maxine Hong Kingston It is true that some dream in color, and some dream in black and white. Some dream in Sonic sounds, and some dream in silence. In Maxine Hong Kingston's literary works, the readers enter a soundless dream that is painted entirely in the color of black—different shades and blocks of pigments mixing and clashing with each other, opening up infinite possibilities for both beautiful if frightening nightm...   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior Essays]

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The Woman Warrior By Maxine Hong Kingston

- The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston portrays the complicated relationship between her and her mother, while growing up as a Chinese female in an American environment. She was surrounded by expectations and ideals about the inferior role that her culture imposed on women. In an ongoing battle with herself and her heritage, Kingston struggles to escape limitations on women that Chinese culture set. However, she eventually learns to accept both cultures as part of who she is. I was able to related to her as a Chinese female born and raised in America....   [tags: Family, Hong Kong, The Woman Warrior]

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The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston

- The theme of “voiceless woman” throughout the book “the woman warrior” is of great importance. Maxine Kingston narrates several stories in which gives clear examples on how woman in her family are diminished and silenced by Chinese culture. The author not only provides a voice for herself but also for other women in her family and in her community that did not had the opportunity to speak out and tell their stories. The author starts the book with the story of her aunt. This story was a well-kept family secret being that her aunt’s actions were of great disappointment to the family....   [tags: Maxine Kingston]

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Women Empowerment Depicted in Maxine Hong Kingston’s Autobiography The Woman Warrior

- As newer generations take on the responsibility of passing down their people’s history and culture, ancestral costumes are maintained but altered to suit current social standards. Through Maxine Hong Kingston’s autobiography The Woman Warrior, a memoir of myths and her mother’s narratives, the author is given a sense of empowerment as she discovers her own identity and, thus, her place in the world. Growing up, Kingston struggled with her dual heritage, not knowing whether to follow her family’s Chinese customs or live up to American society’s cultural and social norms....   [tags: the woman warrior]

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The Woman Warrior By Maxine Hong Kingston

- The woman warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston is a collection of stories that blends between childhood memories, traditional Chinese stories and fictional stories. Maxine Kingston was born in the United States to Chinese immigrant parents. Growing up as a Chinese American woman, Kingston was exposed to gender roles defined by the traditional Chinese culture and the American culture. Thus, throughout woman warrior, Kingston portrays the conflict between the traditional Chinese gender roles and American gender roles and her viewpoint towards the issue....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Femininity]

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The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

- The Woman Warrior is a compelling novel written by Maxine Hong Kingston. The novel won National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction after receiving a great deal of praise from critics. In her novel, Kingston utilizes various literary elements to reveal the theme. Through the use of conflict, symbolism, and characterization, the message behind the theme becomes prominent to readers. The use of conflict gives readers a vivid screening of the role women played in the Chinese society. The symbols that are portrayed in novel, make the message of the theme more evident to readers....   [tags: talk story, no-name woman]

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The Woman Warrior, By Maxine Hong Kingston

- In order for an immigrant to survive in a new country they have to be able to adapt to a new community and expand their self concept. There is great plasticity in the self perception and identity of immigrant offspring. The memoir, The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston, does a good job in highlighting this statement. Her memoir shows the struggle of the older generation to adapt to American culture after migrating, it shows how the second generation contends with their dual identity, and how their unique perceptions emphasize the gap between the two generations....   [tags: China, United States, Overseas Chinese]

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Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior and Jennifer Finney Boylan's She's Not There

- It is an incongruous fact of life that deciding to turn left instead of right can determine what path a person ends up walking in life. This holds true when comparing two memoirs, The Woman Warrior, written by Maxine Hong Kingston and She's Not There, written by Jennifer Finney Boylan. Though both novels fall under the memoir genre, both are unique in their own right. Kingston writes not only about her transition from Chinese society and integration into the drastically different American society, but her families a well....   [tags: the memoir genre]

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The Nature of Ghosts in The Woman Warrior

- The Nature of Ghosts in The Woman Warrior "Ghost." What images does this word conjure up in the average American mind. Perhaps you think of little kids draped in white sheets begging for candy on Halloween. Perhaps you imagine transparent versions of dead people wandering the earth for eternity. Perhaps you are reminded of a person who just saw something especially scary; they are "pale as a ghost". So the word "ghost" - a word with many meanings - calls forth these images. What do they have in common....   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior Essays]

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The Ghosts of The Woman Warrior

- The Ghosts of The Woman Warrior In Maxine Hong Kingston's novel, The Woman Warrior, Kingston touches upon several aspects of life common to all. Her experiences as a child were illustrated through this book. People not of the Chinese culture were seen as ghosts in this child's world. The similarities between Kingston's childhood, and the reader's help make this novel universally readable. The images created by Kinston, and the parallels between her life and others justify the creation of The Woman Warrior....   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior Essays]

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Maxine Hong Kingston Understanding Her Life through The Woman Warrior

- Maxine Hong Kingston Understanding Her Life through The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston’s “The Woman Warrior” is novel composed of myths and memoirs that have shaped her life. Her mother’s talk-stories about her no name aunt, her own interpretation of Fa Mu Lan, the stories of ghosts in doom rooms and American culture have been the basis of her learning. She learned morals, truths, and principals that would be the basis of her individuality. Since her mother's talk-story was one of the major forces of her childhood and since she herself is now talking-story in writing this book, stories, factual and fictional, are an inherent part of Kingston's autobiography....   [tags: The Woman Warrior Myths Essays]

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The Woman Warrior: Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

- Maxine Hong Kingston, Chinese-American author of her first book The Woman Warrior: Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, opens with the first chapter “No Name Woman” where she writes about her struggle to distinguish her cultural identity through an impartial analysis of her deceased aunt’s denied existence. Grew up in American culture, Kingston analyzes the possible reasons behind her disavowed aunt’s dishonorable pregnancy, and her village’s subsequent raid upon her household. Kingston explains how strict Chinese culture fails to be practical in American society....   [tags: chinese culture, women´s role]

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Identity in Hurtson’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Kingston’s Woman Warrior, and Spiegelman’s Maus

- Identity in Hurtson’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Kingston’s Woman Warrior, and Spiegelman’s Maus Despite being a very diverse literature genre in terms of influence and inspiration, North American literature encompasses many works that share some very common thematic elements. Though there are several themes shared, one in particular can be found in most any work – the importance of identity. Particularly in some selected pieces yet to be named, identity is a very important element, not only because it is a necessity for a main character in any work of literature, but because these works express ideas about identity as being very individualistic – as opposed to being a mere result of cu...   [tags: Their Eyes Were Watching God Essays]

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White Tigers vs. Mulan

- William Shakespeare once said, “[My] honor is my life; both grow in one; take honor from me, and my life is done.” The idea is touched upon in both the book Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston as well as Disney’s Mulan were family honor is more important than anything else. Mulan was directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The film Mulan retold the story of a woman warrior who took her father’s place in battle and became a savior of China.The movie uses many elements from the original story told in the chapter “White Tigers,” but adds many modern twists in order to make the story more appealing for a newer generation....   [tags: Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston, Disney]

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The Woman Warrior: A Tale of Identity

- The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston is a collection of memoirs, a blend of Kingston’s autobiography with Chinese folklore. The book is divided into five interconnected chapters: No Name Woman, White Tigers, Shaman, At the Western Palace, and A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe. In No Name Woman, three characters are present: Kingston, Kingston’s mother, and Kingston’s aunt. This section starts off with Kingston’s mother retelling the story of her aunt and her shameful past where her aunt took part in an adulterous relationship and expressed her sexuality openly, then Kingston’s interpretation of this story, and later what the story ultimately means to K...   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston, stroy analysis]

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Woman Warrior

- The Woman Warrior Argumentative Essay Maxine Hong Kingston’s novel The Woman Warrior is a series of narrations, vividly recalling stories she has heard throughout her life. These stories clearly depict the oppression of woman in Chinese society. Even though women in Chinese Society traditionally might be considered subservient to men, Kingston viewed them in a different light. She sees women as being equivalent to men, both strong and courageous. In a few stark story, depressing in their own unique way, attempts to disprove the traditional Chinese saying “it’s better to have geese than girls”....   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston]

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The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghost

- Introduction “The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghost” Maxine Hong Kingston is a critically acclaimed memoir published in 1975 that presents her struggles and experiences during girlhood life in America as an immigrant Chinese girl. Finding voice of silenced women is the fundamental theme of “The Woman Warrior.” Through her memoirs, Maxine Hong Kingston gives a special language for the voiceless women to find their own identities. Kingston largely figures out the lives of Chinese American women she evidently knows....   [tags: The Woman Warrior Essays]

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Destructiveness of Jealousy Depicted in Lord of the Flies and Woman Warrior

- Within playwright William Shakespeare’s fantastic work The Merchant of Venice, the character Iago cries out, “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green ey’d monster” (Enotes). Jealousy is justly called a beast, and it is a hideous creature that is illuminated in William Golding’s novel The Lord of the Flies, and by Woman Warrior, the memoir of Maxine Hong Kingston. Through the use of the literary elements of plots, characters, symbols, and additional plots, both pieces illustrate how, by torturing people and driving them to rash decisions, jealousy is the most destructive emotion....   [tags: lord of the flies, woman warrior]

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The Woman Warrior

- The Woman Warrior        Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior discusses her and her mother Brave Orchid's relationship. On the surface, the two of them seem very different however when one looks below the surface they are very similar. An example of how they superficially seem different is the incident at the drug store when Kingston is mortified at what her mother makes her do. Yet, the ways that they act towards others and themselves exemplifies their similarities at a deeper level....   [tags: Warrior]

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A Mother-Daughter Relationship in The Woman Warrior

- A Mother-Daughter Relationship in The Woman Warrior “Whenever she had to warn us about life, my mother told stories that ran like this one, a story to grow up on. She tested our strengths to establish realities”(5). In the book “The Woman Warrior,” Maxine Kingston is most interested in finding out about Chinese culture and history and relating them to her emerging American sense of self. One of the main ways she does so is listening to her mother’s talk-stories about the family’s Chinese past and applying them to her life....   [tags: Literature Woman Warrior]

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The Warrior Woman

- Mental illness is attributed to people who are not in touch with reality or the world around them, where in contrast, strong minded women are thought to be courageous in their stance to stand firm and follow their beliefs. The chapter in Mary Kingston’s novel, The Warrior Woman, contains a chapter named “The Western Palace”, which depicts a character that can be described as possessing either characteristic. Brave Orchid takes a stance that results in terrible consequences for her younger sister, yet only one of them is termed mentally unstable, the other customarily traditional....   [tags: Character Analysis, Brave Orchid]

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Essay About Motherly Love in The Woman Warrior

- Motherly Love in The Woman Warrior What is it that constitutes a mother-daughter relationship. In our society mothers are generally portrayed as nurturing and loving people by the media. We see one mother cradling her newborn baby in a diaper ad in a Woman's World magazine, while another lovingly gives her child cold medicine in a television commercial. In fact, today it is even considered a beautiful thing, rather than a crude and exposing action, for a mother to breast feed her child in public....   [tags: The Woman Warrior]

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The Joy Luck Club and The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

- The Joy Luck Club and The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts Amy Tan’s novel, The Joy Luck Club describes the lives of first and second generation Chinese families, particularly mothers and daughters. Surprisingly The Joy Luck Club and, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts are very similar. They both talk of mothers and daughters in these books and try to find themselves culturally. Among the barriers that must be overcome are those of language, beliefs and customs....   [tags: The Woman Warrior]

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Ghosts of a Different Generation in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrio

- Maxine Hong Kingston wrote The Woman Warrior as a collection of stories from her childhood. She is a child of Chinese immigrants who grew up in America, and battled between the culture she was living in and the one Chinese culture her mother tried to preserve. One aspect of Chinese culture that is different between Maxine and her mother, Brave Orchid, is the distinction between ghosts for each person. Maxine and her mother encounter different types of ghosts, and have thus have different reactions than the other....   [tags: immigrant, china, culture]

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The Woman Warrior

- Throughout the book, The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston, the generation gap between the narrator and Brave Orchid is evident. The narrator feels that her mother's culture values have no relevance in America. In the chapter, At the Western Palace, Brave Orchid sends for her sister, Moon Orchid, to come to America and urges Moon Orchid to confront her sister's husband. The ideas that Brave Orchid has are bold and they conflict with Moon Orchid's nature. Brave Orchid and Moon Orchid are two Chinese women who live in two different countries....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Maxine Hong Kingston's No Name Woman

- Maxine Hong Kingston's No Name Woman "A highly fictive text [whose non-fiction label gives] the appearance of being an actual representation of Asian American experience in the broader public sphere." (Gloria Chun, "The High Note") Such a disparaging remark about the misleading nature of Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior has been readily refuted, notably by Leilani Nishime, who proposes in her essay "Engendering Genre..." that it is a text that transcends genre confines; it challenges traditional definitions of genre and demands redefinitions....   [tags: Chinese Society Oppression Essays]

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Woman Warrior

- A Warrior’s Triumph The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston presents the story of a girl trapped between the cultures of her surrounding environment and that which her mother and family have forced upon her. Knowing only the Chinese way of life, this girl’s mother attempts to familiarize her daughter, whom is also the narrator, with the history of their family. The mother shares this heritage through the use of stories in hopes the narrator will be prepared for her ultimate return to China, which is a life completely foreign to her own....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Woman Warrior

- In the book The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Kingston, a story of a girl trapped between the culture of her family’s past and the culture currently surrounding her is presented. The girl, Maxine, enters into conflict with her mother and what can be explained as an old and traditional China. Maxine’s own beliefs are found in the newer American way of life with her attempts to assimilate to the culture, making it difficult for her to feel any relation between the two very different environments. It is through these tribulations that Maxine is a “woman warrior” coming to age as a Chinese-American....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comparing Femininity in The Woman Warrior and King Lear

- Femininity in The Woman Warrior and King Lear         What is femininity. What role should women play in society. These are questions that humanity has faced ever since the first hunter-gatherer tribes developed. Gender roles, at least in the popular imagination, were clear; the men hunted for big game, the women picked nuts and berries. There were clear reasons for this - hunting required the brute muscular strength of the male, while gathering did not. But as humanity invented labor-saving devices, physical strength became less and less important to survival, while "mental strength" - strength of character - played an ever-increasing role....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Storytelling and tradition a comparison of Maus and The Woman Warrior

- The stories Maus and The Woman Warrior that we read this semester seem very different from each other, but I think that they both contain similarities and can be contrasted readily. The Woman Warrior by Maxing Hong Kingston like Maus by Art Spiegelman deals with storytelling and tradition derived from racial issues. These books are not merely based on race though. Culture, identity, language, heritage, history, and discrimination are all components in the compositions of Maus and The Woman Warrior....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comparing the Role of the Ghost in Morrison's Beloved and Kingston's No Name Woman

- The Symbolic Role of the Ghost in Morrison's Beloved and Kingston's No Name Woman The eponymous ghosts which haunt Toni Morrison's Beloved and Maxine Hong Kingston's "No Name Woman" (excerpted from The Woman Warrior) embody the consequence of transgressing societal boundaries through adultery and murder. While the wider thematic concerns of both books differ, however both authors use the ghost figure to represent a repressed historical past that is awakened in their narrative retelling of the stories....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Kingston and Moraga Essay

- In their books “The Woman Warrior” and “Loving in the War Years,” Maxine Hong Kingston and Cherrie Moraga write about the persistence of social oppression. They also describe the dynamics of race, sexuality, and gender in everyday experience. Through reading these books I have picked up on several significant events which illustrate these issues. The correlation between these two authors is the importance placed upon these issues that seem to be underlying themes in both books. The persistence of social oppression is an obvious theme in Kingston’s “The Woman Warrior”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Kingston's Ideal Life

- In the chapter "White Tigers" from her book The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston first fantasizes of a Chinese woman warrior before switching back to the reality of her American life as a woman. Using her imagination, Kingston dreams of a strong female avenger who manages to satisfy often opposing roles, such as warrior and mother and who receives honor and respect from her family. Yet in her true life, Kingston faces a much different world in which she struggles to fight for her beliefs and encounters disapproval from her parents....   [tags: American Literature]

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Maxine Hong Kingston and the Search for Identity

- Maxine Hong Kingston and the Search for identity Maxine Hong Kingston is in search of herself. She tries to find herself as a woman in a man's world, as a Chinese in America, and, as a daughter instead of a son. In all her writings one can see her search for her identity. One can feel her rebellion to convention, her need to break the barriers of society, her desire to make a perfect world where everyone is treated as an equal. But most of all her writings depict her as a strong and proud woman who is willing to battle against convention and society to preserve her convictions Kingston is on a search to find her identity....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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The Woman Warrior and The Interesting Narrative

- The Woman Warrior and The Interesting Narrative In both The Woman Warrior and The Interesting Narrative, the authors inspect the issue of one’s cultural identity by way of the telling of their own story, and how it has affected them. By telling their stories as persons who have emerged themselves into a new culture, but at the same retained vestiges of the old, Olaudah Equiano and Maxine Kingston are exemplifying a duality in cultural identity, that is often times lost. Before continuing, though, it is important to clarify the definition of “cultural identity,” at least for this paper....   [tags: Cultural Identity Literature Essays]

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Mulan as the Woman Warrior

- Mulan as the Woman Warrior Many movies have gotten their theme or content from books and novels. One of them being the story of Mulan, which originates from the story of a Chinese girl who grows into a women warrior. In my reading of " The Woman Warrior", there is a tale of a warrior who has the name Fa Mu Lan. The mother tells the story of Fa Mu Lan to her children , one child stating " Instantly, I remembered that as a child, I had followed my mother about the house, the two of us singing about how Fa Mu Lan fought gloriously and returned alive from afar to settle in the village." I felt that this story is being used as important tale in the teaching of the Chinese, and pro...   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club and The Woman Warrior

- Comparing The Joy Luck Club and The Woman Warrior       Amy Tan's immensely popular novel, The Joy Luck Club explores the issues faced by first and second generation Chinese immigrants, particularly mothers and daughters. Although Tan's book is a work of fiction, many of the struggles it describes are echoed in Maxine Hong Kingston's autobiographical work, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. The pairs of mothers and daughters in both of these books find themselves separated along both cultural and generational lines....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Racism and Ethnicity Issues in Morrison, O´Connor, and Kingston´s Novels

- The central problem in Flannery O’Connor’s story, “Everything That Rises Must Converge”, Maxine Hong Kingston’s “The Woman Warrior”, and Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif”, revolve on the issue of race. Morrison and O’Connor focus on the theme of race specifically between blacks and whites in America. It could be said that Kingston’s “The Woman Warrior” concentrates on the racial difference between Asian and Caucasian but race is not made to be a big issue in this novel, since almost all of the characters is ethnically Chinese....   [tags: race, african american, caucasian]

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Ghosts in The Women Warrior

- Envision yourself as encircled by strange, yet terrifying and evil spirits that trouble you in your worst nightmares. The spirits could desire something from you. In fact, they could aid you in locale of frightening you. Should you attend to them. What do you contemplate they are trying to notify you. In one of the inquiries above, notice the ironical use of the word “fact” that endeavors to obscure the fictitious nature of ghosts. It displays that the meaning of the word “ghost” is equivocal. In supplementary words, the word “ghost” is multivalued, that way that ghosts can purpose in extra than one way....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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As an American Chinese Maxine Hong Kingston tries to find out what

- As an American Chinese Maxine Hong Kingston tries to find out what defines her The Search for Human Identity All humans encounter the search for personal identity at some point in life. As an "American Chinese" Maxine Hong Kingston tries to find out what defines her. Let them be her mother’s traditional world, her new American home, or herself as an individual. Undoubtedly, Maxine is strongly interested in the margins between certainty and falsehood, remembrance and tradition, honesty and deceit....   [tags: English Literature]

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An Analysis Of Maxine Hong Kingston 's White Tigers And Sarah Connor From The Movie ' Terminator 2

- In our society we have this idea that women are naturally unfit for warrior and combat roles. Proponents of this idea argue that this is a natural state given that women are born to be caregivers and protectors as mothers and as such are less predisposed to violence. However, I argue that this supposed “natural” state is nurtured by our society and that not only can women be warriors but they can just as well be mothers, and being mothers can actually help with being a warrior. This essay will be looking at two women warriors that break the idea that for women to be warriors they have to become male in order to be warriors, instead embracing their womanhood and still retaining their status...   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, The Terminator]

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No Name Woman By Maxine Hong Kingston

- Maxine Hong Kingston’s story “No Name Woman” can certainly be considered a tale about gender inequality. There are numerous ways that Kingston suggests and incorporates gender discrimination into her story. For example, Kingston makes it clear how sons are celebrated more than daughters in traditional Chinese society. While sons were acclaimed because they could pass on the family name, daughters were commonly given away by their parents. Kingston makes this notion clear in her sentence, “it was probably a girl; there is some hope of forgiveness for boys,” regarding the “no name woman’s” newborn child (Kingston 4)....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Maxine Hong Kingston]

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No Name Woman By Maxine Hong Kingston

- Imagination is a quality that everyone has, but only some are capable of using. Maxine Hong Kingston wrote “No Name Woman” using a great deal of her imagination. She uses this imagination to give a story to a person whose name has been forgotten. A person whose entire life was erased from the family’s history. Her story was not written to amuse or entertain, but rather to share her aunts’ story, a story that no one else would ever share. The use of imagination in Kingston’s creative nonfiction is the foundation of the story....   [tags: Family, Woman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Culture]

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Oppression, By Maxine Hong Kingston, The Writer Of No Name Woman

- Subjugation a Leader to Rebellious Behaviors In today’s society, women are still viewed differently than men, with big gaps between them that prevent women from gaining their independence. Women are expected to follow the men’s steps and to obey them. Women are capable of doing everything that men can do, but the media plays a hug role is setting expectations to women. Women are mainly judged by the way they look, and are expected to be beautiful, skinny, and perfect; leaving many other women unable to fit into their society and it’s expectations....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Infant]

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Maxine Hong Kingston's No Name Woman

- Maxine Hong Kingston's No Name Woman A person's identity cannot be given to her, instead a person must achieve a sense of her character through personal experience and self-reflection. In "No Name Woman", Maxine Hong Kingston recalls the events of her aunt's life in the vague world of her Chinese roots. The story of her aunt is told by her mother and Kingston recreates the events into an exploratory story to help herself figure out what part of her identity is Chinese and help her better understand the Chinese culture....   [tags: Kingston's Autobiography No Name Woman]

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Analysis Of Lorde 's Writing And Journal Entries

- Following this event, we see a critical shift in Lorde’s writing and journal entries. Lorde contends “the emphasis upon the cosmetic after surgery reinforces society’s stereotype of women, that we are only what we look or appear, so this is the only aspect of our existence we need to address” (58). Women not only should be afforded prosthesis as a choice rather than requirement, the “ability to act [upon this choice] in public the public domain” is the right to her own story (Heilbrun 17). Considering the previous self-prescribed labels Lorde gave herself, one can envision her unwillingness to confirm to this particular societal pressure....   [tags: Woman, Gender, Gender role, Audre Lorde]

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Maxine Kingston's No Name Woman

- Learn from the Stories Having two considerably different cultures can cause a strife with one’s identity. In “No Name Woman,” Maxine Kingston’s mother tells her a story of her aunt that committed adultery which therefore led to her segregation from her own family and villagers. Kingston’s mother asserts that the story should not be told by anyone and the story’s purpose was to strike fear in her daughter. Then, Kingston explores the different scenarios that could have led to her aunt’s suppressed suicide....   [tags: learn from stories, literary analysis]

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Mul The Story Of The Legendary Chinese Woman Warrior

- The movie Mulan tells the story of the legendary Chinese woman warrior, Fa Mulan. In the Disney movie, Mulan is the only child of a disabled veteran. When the Huns invade from the north, the Chinese Emperor sets a conscription saying that every family must provide a son to be a soldier in the Chinese army. Fearing for her father’s life, as he is the only man in the house, Mulan runs away and joins the army in his place, even though it is against the law for her to do so. She almost fails in her mission, but with renewed efforts, she manages to become one of the best soldiers in the company....   [tags: Woman, Family, Black-and-white films, Huns]

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The, Heart Of Darkness, And The Woman Warrior

- In his somewhat famous criticism of Heart of Darkness, Chinua Achebe questions whether a “novel which celebrate this dehumanization, which depersonalizes a portion of the human race can be called a great work of art” (Achebe, 344). The Weavers, Heart of Darkness, and The Woman Warrior are all written works of art that critics, such as Achebe, would condemn for their dehumanization of particular groups. However, these critics overlook what makes these writings true art: their ability to have a positive impact....   [tags: Social class, Working class, Middle class]

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The Story Of The Woman Warrior

- “They want me to participate in her punishment. And I have.”(16) There is a resounding tone of guilt and irritation in this last page of the first story for the Woman Warrior. Here the reader learns how a child can become a victim, but also involuntarily become a passive advocate of their parent’s moral choices about the past. By not speaking of her aunt or questioning her parents’ silence, Maxine becomes a part of this dead woman’s chastisement. I find this “reverse ancestor worship” troubling and conceivably damaging....   [tags: Family, Morality, Girl, A Story]

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The Woman Warrior

- The Woman Warrior In her autobiography, The Woman Warrior, Maxine talks-story about how she grew up surrounded by the Chinese culture but went to American schools. How her mother told her stories of herself as a shaman and of Fa Mu Lan when Maxine brought home good grades. How she was put down by the Chinese sexism and rebelled from it. This is the story of Maxine’s search for a compromise between the American culture and the Chinese culture and how she eventually found a balance between the two cultures....   [tags: Papers]

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Kingston's China Men

- Kingston's China Men Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men contains many fables and parables from the Chinese Culture. In "On Mortality" Kingston reveals the story of human mortality and the reason for this mortality. The story focuses largely on human emotions and reactions towards the situations that people find themselves in. It also raises questions about the role of women in the Chinese culture and the attitudes of the culture towards them. The main character, Tu Tzu-chun, is forced to go through a series of tortures that are all illusions....   [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston China Men]

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

- 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....   [tags: adultery, culture, suicide]

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Rhetorical Analysis Of No Name Woman

- Analysis of Rhetorical Techniques of No Name Woman In Maxine Hong Kingston story, “No Name Woman,” the author told a story of her aunt who was punished for committing adultery and died in order to express her thought and spirit of revolt of the patriarchal oppression in the old Chinese society. My essay will analyze the rhetoric and the technique of using different narrators to represent the article and expound the significance of using those methods in the article. The story was titled by “No Name Woman” which seem to mean the aunt is nameless....   [tags: Family, Sociology, Maxine Hong Kingston]

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Women’s Power to Change in No Name Woman, Maxine Hong Kingston

- Throughout the years poverty has played an important role in changing traditions and cultures. Poverty has changed the role of women and their ways of thinking. In “No Name Woman”, Maxine Hong Kingston showed an example of how poverty changed the responsibilities of women in a small village in China. According to the narrator’s mother, the women in this Chinese village, during the twentieth century, were to get married for one night and then all the men leave to America, to work there and send money home....   [tags: poverty, suicide, mother]

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Technology for the Road Warrior: A Managerial Analysis

- For this paper, I will cover technology and solutions for the “road warrior.” A road warrior is an employee who is constantly traveling to different locations to work. Nearly any sizeable company will have employees that need to travel in order to do business. In this paper, I will cover how a company’s IT department can arm a mobile worker with technologies that will allow them to remain connected and efficient in their responsibilities. I will discuss smartphones and cellular technologies as they relate to a mobile work environment, security concerns and solutions, asset management and recovery, and how a company IT help desk can effectively support a mobile worker....   [tags: Technology, Solutions, Road Warrior]

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Ida B. Wells: Woman Warrior

- Ida B. Wells during the 1890`s in Memphis, Tennessee started her journey towards equality. With her journalist career changed society’s manner of viewing African Americans. She fought against the unequal treatment of African Americans, spoke when she felt others settled for less than they deserved, wrote to inform people of injustice events, went against what society expected of her, and gained the attention from everyone surrounding her. Americans viewed African Americans as inferiors even after they were no longer considered slaves....   [tags: equality, segregation, lynching]

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Warrior For The Innocent

- For decades, the topic of abortion has been a heated debate. In 1973, in the Supreme Court case of Roe vs. Wade, the court concluded that a woman may terminate her pregnancy for any reason up until the point where the fetus becomes “viable”. The Court determined that “viable” meant that the fetus is capable of living outside of the mother’s womb. According to Merriam Webster, the word viable is defined as something being capable of growing or developing or capable of working, functioning or developing adequately....   [tags: Abortion, argumentative, persuasive]

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Beowulf vs. The 13th Warrior

- I have closely compared aspects of Beowulf with the film, “The 13th Warrior”. Beowulf, written down by an unnamed Christian Monk in the 18th century, served as framework for the plot of “The 13th Warrior”. Beowulf and The 13th Warrior have extensive differences and even more similarities throughout the two stories. The film was made to actually show the different aspects, techniques, and ways of thinking that the people of medieval times thought. It also helps to put you into a better perspective on what the story “Beowulf” was like....   [tags: Compare Contrast Beowulf 13th Warrior]

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No Name Women By Maxine Hong Kingston

- Maxine Hong Kingston’s piece “No Name Women” emphasizes on the Chinese social and cultural values. Being humiliated and condemned by the follow village members was one of the top reasons to be shun by the Chinese society in the early 1900’s . The opening line “you must not tell anyone” reflects that secrecy of the Chinese lifestyle. However Kingston’s mother clearly defies this norm and relates the dark family secret to her, which she further retells to the readers. The use of the word “you” in the opening sentence as the opening word commands the reader’s attention....   [tags: Culture, China, Question, Sentence]

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Comparing Beowulf and Michael Crichton's The 13th Warrior

- Comparing Beowulf and Michael Crichton's The 13th Warrior Michael Crichton intertwined some aspects of Beowulf with his own thoughts to produce the drama, “The 13th Warrior.” Beowulf, written down by an unnamed Christian monk in the 8th century, served as a framework for the plot of “The 13th Warrior.” Beowulf and “The 13th Warrior” have many differences but the similarities that they share are more abundant through out the two pieces. Instead of doing a direct translation of Beowulf, the writer of the “The 13th Warrior” used his creativity to fabricate a new story....   [tags: Michael Crichton The 13th Warrior]

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Edn A Woman Of A Perfect Woman

- every womanly grace and charm. If her husband did not adore her, he was a brute, deserving of death by slow torture. Her name was Adele Ratignolle" (IV pg 12). Edna can be like Madame Ratignolle who represents the mole of a perfect mother and wife. She represented all of the Creole woman, and everyone looks up to her. Chopin also show another path, or mole, Edna could take. Edna has the option of living all alone and keeping to herself like the character Mademoiselle Reisz. Edna couldn’t follow Madame Ratignolle path because Edna wasn’t satisfied with just being a mother and wife....   [tags: Woman, Wife, Novel, Want]

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Analysis Of Sandra Cisneros 's ' The House On Mango Street '

- Since people who have different identities view the American Dream in a variety of perspectives, individuals need to find identities in order to have a deep understanding of obstacles they will face and voices they want. In The Woman Warrior, Maxing Hong Kingston, a Chinese American, struggles to find her identity which both the traditional Chinese culture and the American culture have effects on. However, in The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros clearly identifies herself as a Hispanic woman, and pivots to move up economically and socially to speak for her race....   [tags: United States, Hispanic and Latino Americans]

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Carry On, Sister Warrior

- Last month I attended my first ever Blissdom conference for female bloggers and enjoyed myself immensely. I met a slew of interesting and inspirational women, learned an assortment of tricks and tips of the blogging trade and connected with some stellar sponsors including Tim Hortons, MapleLeaf and Unicef. The best part of all this was the amazing women I met. Everyone was so friendly, with a quick smile and warm hello and introduction. It was a veritable potpourri of talented, passionate and committed women bloggers and I felt privileged to be in their company....   [tags: Blissom conference for female bloggers]

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Analysis Of ' The Gras '

- Double Standards in Different Generations In the 1961 film Splendor in the Gras, Deanie Loomis has trouble deciding between being a "good girl" or "another kind of girl". She is torn between the two because "another kind of girl" aren 't respected and are a disgrace to the family. Her mother Frieda constantly reminds her that every man wants a good girl to marry. Deanie does what her mother tells her but she looses her boyfriend Bud Stamper after his father Ace tells him he needs "another kind of girl" to keep his mind on going to Yale and not marrying Deanie....   [tags: Marriage, Woman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Man]

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A Woman 's Worth : The Role Of Women

- A Woman’s Worth: The Role of Women in Beowulf Throughout time and across many cultures, women have had the lowest status in society. In a patriarchal world, women have consistently been viewed as weaker and inferior to men. As a result, it is no surprise that men have found themselves in places of power and admiration. However, this does not mean that society completely neglects the impact of women; in Greek lore, women take on passive yet important roles, weaving the destinies and doom of many men and earning themselves a reputation as banes of manipulation and deception....   [tags: Beowulf, Gender, Gender role, Woman]

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The Way of The Warrior in The Tale of The Heike

- The Way of The Warrior in The Tale of The Heike Heike Monogatari, with its multitude of battles and skirmishes, provides a wonderful chance to analyze the way of the warrior in ancient Japan. There aren't a great number of surviving works from this period that show in such great detail both the brute and the compassion of the Japanese warriors. They followed carefully a distinct set of principles which made up the well-rounded warrior. Loyalty to one's master, bravery and glory in any situation, strength, martial skills, compassion, and interest in the arts were all held with the highest esteem....   [tags: Japanese Warriors Tale Heike Essays]

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The Power Of The Woman

- The Power of the Woman The Canterbury Tales by Gregory Chaucer are set around the time of Medieval England. Specifically, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” takes place during King Arthur’s rule in the 600s. In, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” Gregory Chaucer uses satire as a form of humor to point out the underlying power that women have in Medieval England. As the knight struggles to find out what women desire most, he stumbles upon this old woman known as Crone. After the knight grants his freedom he must answer to the old woman and do whatever she wants, thus leading her to take control over his life....   [tags: Woman, Wife, Marriage, Women]

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The Woman Of A Man

- There was once a woman who stood beneath a tower, which lay in a thick forest, and had neither stair nor door, but a small window at the tower’s peak. This elderly, brittle woman visited this mighty tower daily; upon her arrival, the old woman would at all times shout the following: ‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair to me.’ Upon the recitation of these words, a young woman would wrap her unusually long, fair hair around a hook beside the window, dropping it twenty ells down so the elderly woman may climb it like a rope to Rapunzel’s tower room....   [tags: Woman, Female, Girl, Boy]

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A Simple Thing: A Young Warriors Tale

- Wake up. The warrior was beating on the door of the shack. Cameron was jolted from his sleep and sat up in the bed. Meara seemed not to stir from the loud beats on the door. "Ok!" He shouted back shaking the sleep from himself, rubbing his eyes, and yawning broadly. For the god's sake it is already light out." He rapped on the door again. Cameron shook his head and rolled out of bed and opened the door saw the warrior was dressed for war. "Get dressed and get out here, your training begins today....   [tags: warrior, war, training, mages]

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The, The Beauty Of A Woman

- Georgina is presented as a figure that could somewhat be considered as the epitome of the beauty of a woman. Rather than viewing the birthmark as a complement to her beauty, he sees it as a flaw that he must get rid of to guarantee that she remains beautiful to him. At no point does he stop to ask her opinion on the issue showing that it did not matter what she thought. All that mattered is that as her husband he did not like the birthmark and thus she had to get rid of it to make him happy. This is a clear indication life in a society where the differences in gender are used to exploit, divide, and isolate women....   [tags: Woman, Gender role, Gender, Wife]

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The Woman Warrior

- Love Medicine Lipsha Morrisey's confusion about his place in society results in his combining both old Indian traditions with new American ideas in an attempt to discover himself and his place in society. Although this combination ultimately ends with disaster, Lipsha uncovers a powerful lesson about love. Lipsha's first mistake begins when he decides to concoct a "love medicine". Fearing for Nector and Marie's relationship, he draws from old Indian superstitions since "these love medicines is something of an old Chippewa specialty" (241)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The 1950s Woman

- It is hard to believe that women only 60 years ago were still viewed and inferior to males and had little to no rights to protect themselves. When men returned from World War II some men resulted to domestically violate as a way of punishing his wife for something she did and to affirm dominance that he previously lost. Assaults that were inflicted on to women during the 1950s were seen being a part of male aggression and something that is normal. Women who did report the crime were viewed as being the actually perpetrators and the assault was actually their fault because they were unable to defend themselves....   [tags: The 1950s Woman]

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Krishna: A Weaponless Warrior Wins the War

- Vishnu is the Supreme form of God in the Hindu sect known as Vaishnavism. This means that, while there are other gods and demigods, Vishnu reigns supreme above all. He, in the minds of the Vaishnavites, is the lord of all creation. Vishnu has taken many forms throughout the eons, known as his avatars, whenever the dharmic balance on the earthly plains requires direct intervention in order to be set right. The ten most recognizable of these avatars are called the Daśāvatāra, among them such heroes and wise men as Rama (the hero of the Ramayana, said to be the ideal man) and the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama....   [tags: Hinduism, religious beliefs]

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