Wild Swans : Three Daughters Of China

1153 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang provides a thoughtful and beautifully painful chronology of three generations of women through some of China’s harshest periods in history. This book review will proceed in two parts. The first will address the significant themes present in Chang’s novel. The second will go beyond literary analysis and delve into identifying the author’s own bias, and comment on the structure and perspective of Chang herself. This review will overview the themes and then critically comment on the efficacy of the author’s development of those themes. Chang shows how adversity can bring out the best in people; and how love, loyalty, and self-sacrifice are imbued in their family.
Love within the family is one of the strong feelings throughout Chang’s work. When Shou-yu, her father, is imprisoned his children- including Jung herself- take turns to visit him. There is no established transportation so their journeys were always dangerous and they could have easily risked their lives. Of course they are able to get a ride when possible, but it was not guaranteed, meaning that the Chang siblings always took the well-being of their father over the hardship to get to him. Love within the family is also present when Shou-yu has a nervous breakdown in the hospital. Despite the fact the medical staff at the hospital say to Jung that he is in good care she still chooses to be with him, meaning she accepts the opportunity cost which may go toward helping…
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