Chinese Cinderella

Author: Adeline Yen Mah

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Chinese Cinderella took place in the 1940's, also in the country China

Character Analysis Of Adeline Yen Mah

The blame that rests on Adeline from her birth prohibits any hope of an easy childhood; with her siblings believing that she brought about the end to their idyllic lives, she is in no position to convince them otherwise. The endless cycle of hate and bias has already begun, fed by any negative turns or disappointing results. Although this is brutally unfair, it is a part of realities that Adeline has no choice but to overcome.

Plot of Chinese Cinderella

Chinese Cinderella, The True Story of An Unwanted Daughter, is the autobiographical account of Adeline Yen Mah's childhood, covering her life during the ages from four through her early teen years. Four-year-old Adeline proudly showed Aunt Baba the medal she received from the kindergarten teacher for being the best student of the week. Aunt Baba was proud of her little niece and put the certificate that Adele received along with the medal into her lock box, the same place she kept her precious jewels and other valuables. It meant that much to her. Aunt Baba had cared for Adeline since she was two weeks old, when her mother died. Adeline always asked to see pictures of her mother but Aunt Baba had no pictures her. Adeline learned years later that her father had ordered all pictures of her mother destroyed.

Summary Of Chinese Cinderella

This book is the autobiography of a young Chinese girl, Adeline Yen Mah. Born the fifth child to an affluent Chinese family, her life begins tragically. Adeline’s mother died shortly after her birth due to complications bought on by the delivery, marking her as cursed, or ‘bad luck’, by her siblings. This situation is compounded by her father’s new marriage to a young French-Asian woman who has little affection for her husband’s five children. Niang proves to be difficult and distant towards all of the children, particularly Adeline, whilst favoring her own younger son and daughter born soon after the marriage. Denied love from her parents, she finds some solace in relationships with her grandfather Ye Ye, and her Aunt Baba sympathetic-yet-weakened adult figures. Adeline immerses herself in striving for academic achievement in the hope of winning favor from her father, who reacted positively to her medal for academic success.Despite her parent’s heartbreaking neglect, she eventually becomes a doctor and realizes her dream of being a writer.

Plot Line of Chinese Cinderella

  1. Exposition: The setting would be in the 1940's in China.....
  2. Rising Action: Adeline's life was a mess and miserable. The abuse of her sibling to her physically and mentally.
  3. Climax: he Climax of the story is when she was send to hong kong boarding school. A school that was lead by the catholic school and needed to speak in english or french. In the story she was not able to recieve gift from anyone and not visted at all but it didn't bother much Adeline.
  4. Falling Action: Eventually she was the only girl left in the school. Other student left for the holiday and decided to join play-writing competition. Her father took her home because her father found out that she won First prize in a play-writing competition. Allowing her to Study at England in a medical school
  5. Resolution: Adeline had a happy ending. Adeline was able to get the attention of her father allowing her to study in london

By: Valerie Barlow

1st Period

Mrs. Morris Pre AP L.A.