The Woman Warrior : Memoirs Of A Girlhood Among Ghosts

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The Woman Warrior Summary and Response In the memoir The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, written by Maxine Hong Kingston, the author addresses autobiographically the difficulty of combining two cultures. Kingston opens the book with the chapter No Name Woman, a recount of a story her mother told her when she was a child about an aunt she once had who killed herself. Kingston delves into the story of her unnamed aunt explaining the events in intricate detail. Her aunt, whose husband had left for America years earlier, became pregnant with an illegitimate child. The townspeople caught wind of this abomination and subsequently raided and vandalized the aunt’s family’s home. The aunt escaped into the pigsty and while hiding out gave birth alone. The next morning Kingston’s mother found the aunt and her newly born baby “plugging up the family well.” Kingston’s mother told her this story as a warning when Kingston began to menstruate. Kingston highlights that the baby that was born was probably a girl which she recounts as sad because there is so much more hope for boys. While reflecting on the story her mother once told her, she realizes that the biggest crime her family committed was not exiling the aunt, it was forgetting her. The second chapter, White Tiger, surrounds the legend of the female warrior Fa Mu Lan. It is not clear whether or not the narrator is Kingston or just a hypothetical little girl. The fantasy or legend focuses on a little girl who
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