The Woman Warrior : Memoirs Of A Girlhood Among Ghosts

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In Maxine Kingston’s memoir The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts--especially shown in the section “No Name Woman”, she describes the way her family has treated and expects her to treat her unknown, dead aunt and how this all correlates with herself as an individual. Kingston realizes the rift between the gender roles within the Chinese tradition and struggles to form her own opinion concerning this forgotten, dead family member and herself. Through the telling of her aunt’s complex, made-up life and the ways she could have lived based on mere speculation, Kingston develops her own unique view and opinions while deviating away from what her family wants and expects her to believe. She states her opinion through elaborate stories, speculation on death’s traditions, and the disinterest in name and allows readers to learn about the higher purpose of separating one’s own life and their learned traditions. Knowing she cannot very well go up to her family members and ask explicitly about her aunt’s past, Kingston creates what she perceives as the way her aunt lived. Elaborate, complex sentences make up a fictitious life based solely on the Chinese tradition and how women were supposed to act. Knowing what her mother told her about her aunt, Kingston believes her aunt acted in a way entirely separate from the traditional way of living. Just as Kingston as a Chinese-American. These long sentences are used to go in depth for where tradition is dying in a person and
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