Analysis Of ' Paradise Of The Blind '

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Analysis through the Feminist Lens of the Women in Paradise of the Blind
In Paradise of the Blind there are many themes throughout the book, major ones including family, culture, and power. Throughout the story, the reader can see that Que and Aunt Tam are foils of each other in a feminist aspect. While they are both living in the same culture, the decisions they make throughout their lives ultimately show their different perspectives in situations involving money and own well-being. Through this feminist lens, one can see that the two women, Que and Tam, have allowed their past experiences to shape them as women and as a result, affect their relationship with Hang, in turn creating a conflict between Hang and Que, ultimately affecting
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One can see the differences in mindsets but similarities in work ethic. They are similar in the aspect of their strong work ethic because they both worked very hard to provide for themselves and those they love. However, instead of providing first for her daughter, Que worked for her brother Chinh and his family because she felt obliged to. Aunt Tam had an incredible work ethic but the two women differ in the fact that she did not prioritize the lives of another family before her own. She faced many obstacles because of the fact that she is a woman in Vietnamese society doing most everything alone. These upbringings and ways each woman feels towards challenges in society is what led to their differences in handling tough situations.
The first signs of conflict between Hang and her mother begin when they start to visit Chinh. Que seems to be affected by Chinh and his family in a negative way as Hang describes her mother by thinking, “somehow she looked ashamed” (Huong, 107). Hang does not like this environment and the way Chinh’s family treats her mother, even feeling the need to stick up for her, at one point telling Chinh, “Stop torturing my mother” (Huong, 94). Hang tells her mother she does not wish to ever return but Que’s responds, “[Chinh] is my brother. You can’t deny blood ties” (Huong, 109). Soon after, Hang explains that “[she] did not understand this family. [She] had no desire ever to return to this
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