Power to the Women

Writing Prompt #1

I liked "The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates" because you really get a good luck at the mother daughter relationship. The bond that these two have is invisible but often shows its existence in many different ways. Especially in "The Voice from the Wall" the bond between the mother and daughter was stronger than the mother and fathers relationship. "She spoke in moods and gestures, looks and silences so my father would put words in her mouth." (Tan 108) the quote lack of communication and bond. I connected with these characters because they had things they wanted to say but they didn't have the power to do so. Ying-ying wants to voice her opinions but her husband prevents her from doing so and Lena wants to connect with her mother but doesn't know how. Both of these characters want to be understood but they're stuck in the rut they have been living in for the most of their lives.

Writing Prompt #2

Honestly i liked the mother and daughter I was assigned to. Picking another family would be rough but if I had to chose I would pick the Woo family because I think it’s very interesting that Jing-mei learned more about her mother after she died than when she was alive. When Jing-mei was younger, she felt like nothing that she ever did pleased her mother and that she never met her mothers expectations. She felt this way because her mother pushed her to succeed in everything that she did because she found her daughters life to be more valuable than her own. I think it would be very interesting to read about Jing-mei getting to know her mother as a completely different person than she had seen before. She discovers another side of her mom that she had been to young and naive to understand

Writing Prompt #3

"I wanted my children to have the best combination: American circumstances and Chinese character. How could I know these things do not mix?" (Tan 254)

This quote explains that people in america have different ways of going about life than Chinese people do. When

Ying-ying wants her child to get the best of both worlds, she’s only looking at the benefits of the situation. She doesn’t think about how hard it can be to take on two cultures at ones especially when the world is filled with so much judgement.

Thematic Paragraph

Transformations are accomplished through hope, understanding, and life circumstances. Hope for example, allows people and objects to become more than they really are. Mothers can change from enemies into allies

as the daughters realize their mothers true intentions. "So i walked closer yet, until i could see the face of the Moon Lady: shrunken cheeks, a broad oily nose, large glaring teeth, and red stained eyes. A face so tired that as she wearily pulled off her hair, her long gown fell from her shoulders. And as the secret wish fell from my lips, the Moon Lady looked at me and became a man" (Tan 113). The moon lady became a man. He let his true side show. The desire for the moon lady to be real and able to grant wishes transforms a frightening man into a beautiful lady. Ying-ying’s hope and trust is shattered. She discovered that something she had put all of her faith into was nothing but a lie. She doesn’t know if she can trust the “Moon Lady” again and her faith is shaken. Living your life believing one thing and then realizing that none of it is true is a rude awakening that nobody should have to go through. It would shake anybody’s faith