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The Woman Warrior

The most important theme that really stood out to me was the talk stories.

The whole book mainly deals with the talk stories. The second theme that I felt

that had a major impact in this book was ghost. Ghosts have an impact because

the stories that are told about them that affect the kids resulting in their isolation

from society. These themes are very important in The Woman Warrior because

they help the narrator's life and unite the stories of the book.

Talk stories to me, seem to have a major impact in the lives of Chinese

people. These talk stories teaches the children valuable lessons; each different

from each culture. The talk stories make the children fear or learn from the

mistakes or triumphs of the characters in the talk stories. These stories have

major impacts on the main character of The Woman Warrior. She learns what to

fear, like ghosts, and having a child without being married and also learned to

stand up to what she feared or believed in.

The story of the aunt is the first talk story we learn about in this book. The

aunt who had a child before marriage was treated as a outcast. This teaches the

girl not just to avoid getting pregnant before marriage, but to avoid embarrassing

the whole family. This story though, grows weaker for the girl as she rebel at

what her mother wants her to be. She tries to be the best she can be and looks

for her mother's praise but all she got was "you're too ugly" or "you talk like a

duck". She starts to question these stories as these talk stories become very

confusing in the life of the girl.

The second talk story was clearly still in the mind of the girl when she grew

up. The story was about Fa Mu Lan who joined the army as a girl to rise up to be

a hero when female weren't allowed in the army. This is good story that really

matched up to what the girl represented when she grew up. Fa Mu Lan went

against the rules of being a woman in China and triumphed to be one of the

greatest heroes of China. The girl decided to be like Fa Mu Lan and break

tradition by rebelling against her mother.

Ghosts seems to be very important in the story of this book. Ghosts plays

a major part because of the way they are used as to isolate the children or to

make them stand up against a foe. The mother told the children that in America,

anybody

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