Power Informity In Amy Tan's The Rules Of The Game
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In a familial hierarchy, it is transparent who is dominant and who is subordinate. The parents are at the top, while the children are at the bottom. Parents make the rules, while the children follow them. In the story “The Rules of the Game”, the author Amy Tan uses this model of familial hierarchy to demonstrate the power dynamic between the mother and the daughter. The main protagonist, Waverly Place Jong, is the youngest out of her two brothers and is the only daughter in the Jong household. Her mother uses Chinese torture on Waverly to enforce and regulate her power has the dominant. Throughout the story, the relationship between them is strained, as both compete to be in control. Through the analysis of metaphor, symbolism, and tone in “The Rules of the Game,” Amy Tan uses the power struggle between mother and daughter to demonstrate the existence of conformity in a familial hierarchy, which plays a crucial role to one’s pursuit role to gain independence.
The story starts off by revealing a valuable advice Waverly’s mother gives her when she was young. “I was six when my mother taught me the art of invisible strength. It was a strategy for winning arguments, respect from others, and eventually, though neither of us knew it at the time, chess games” (Tan, 497). This advice played a pivotal role during Waverly’s early life when she played chess and competed in tournaments. Invisible strength symbolizes the self-resilience to overcome an obstacle. Waverly used invisible