Women’s Power to Change in No Name Woman, Maxine Hong Kingston

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Throughout the years poverty has played an important role in changing traditions and cultures. Poverty has changed the role of women and their ways of thinking. In “No Name Woman”, Maxine Hong Kingston showed an example of how poverty changed the responsibilities of women in a small village in China. According to the narrator’s mother, the women in this Chinese village, during the twentieth century, were to get married for one night and then all the men leave to America, to work there and send money home. The need for money gave women no choice but to obey. They did not choose whether they want their men to leave them or not. They were not asked if they wanted to get married or not. Because women could not go through the pain of hunger,…show more content…
She did not want her child to turn out and be like her family or the villagers. If the child was a boy, he might have turned as every other man in the village and if the child was a girl, she might have had to face the consequences of her mother’s problems. No Name Woman killed her child because she was worried that the child might have to face the same destiny as her “She had taken the child with her into wastes” (32). She decided that the best thing for the child is to die with her, instead of living and facing what the mother could not go through. No Name Woman’s fear affected her decisions and destroyed her life. No Name Woman had a duty towards her family and child, but unfortunately she ran away from it. No Name Woman was an irresponsible person, who avoided defending her child and herself. According to the narrator, No Name Woman was the only child left in her family after all her brothers and her father traveled to America, “She was the only daughter; her four brothers went with her father, husband, and uncles “out on the road” and for some years became the western men” (27). Since she was the only child left, she a duty towards her mother. She had to stay by her mother’s side, help her, and make sure she had what she needed, but she ran away without telling her mother anything to comfort her. No Name Woman’s family had the right to know what happened to their daughter. No Name Woman also had
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