Maxine Hong Kingston Writing Styles in The Woman Warrior

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Structure

In addition to having a unique writing style, Kingston also uses an unusual structure in her organization of The Woman Warrior. The central theme focuses on a young Chinese girl's growing up in America and being pulled by the forces of both Chinese and American customs. Yet Kingston creates the drama of the girl's life through five separate stories of events through which the girl has matured. These five episodes help to show how the girl forms an identity for herself through the relationships she has with the women in her life.

Symbolism

Symbolism provides substance for two of the five stories in The Woman Warrior. At the beginning of "Shaman," Brave Orchid is attending medical school after having spent the last decade or more of her adult life serving her husband and family as a traditional Chinese woman. When her fellow students challenge her to investigate a...

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