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The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy

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This passage is adapted from Wayson Choy’s ‘The Jade Peony’ and portrays the fear of a young boy who has recently lost his mother. The reader is able to infer the situation from the passage despite it not being clearly mentioned. The reader infers that the passage is about a juvenile boy who sits beside his dying mother and is then taken care of by family friends, predominantly the Chins. The reader is able to assume that the mother of the child has died, by the mention of how ‘my [his] mommy’s voice… would never say again.’ This along with the hullabaloo and a sense of emergency projected in the first paragraph indicate that the mother is no more. The ‘rigid arms’ suggest that the mother’s arms are dead. The cacophony of the word ‘rigid’ creates a sense of chaos for the readers. The passage is written in first-person narrative, providing the reader with meaningful insights from the boy who has lost his mother. The author makes use of varying sentence styles. Simple sentences are used to merely narrate the event - ‘Mr. Chin was shouting instructions. Mrs. Chin called my name.’ These simple sentences help maintain a slow pace of the text, and create a dull tone to commemorate the death. Some sentences like the ones in Lines 3-5 are fragmented, revealing the incident one step at a time. Choy makes use of various symbols and techniques to provide reassurance to the young boy. Anaphora is successfully used in Lines 7 (‘Don’t be afraid… don’t be afraid…’) to reassure the boy
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