The Aspects Of Parenting In Cinderella And Chinese Cinderella

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Every child has struggles and problems that need to be resolved throughout their life, however parents are always there for the child. Whether they fix the problem themselves, or help their child through it, the child almost always receives the help they require. A quote from “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost helps describe what it is like when the parents are not there for the child. In this instance, the child is the wall, and the parent is the person that does not love it. Slowly, the child will break apart, and eventually collapse without the affection and support they need. “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, that sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, and spills the upper boulders in the sun; and makes gaps even two can pass abreast” (1). In Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah, this is one of the few exceptions where the child doesn’t acquire assistance from any parent. Adeline has many occurences within her community that changed her mentality, one being that her self-esteem becomes low, and makes her feel as if she needs to prove herself worthy, no matter the circumstance. Adeline’s step-mother, Niang, never fails to be uncouth towards her, not just by damaging her self-esteem, but also through verbal and physical abuse (whipping, hitting, etc.). “I approached her gingerly, trembling with terror. She slapped my face so hard I almost fell… …she slapped me with the back of her hand against my other cheek” (Mah 114-115). This is significant because it shows

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