Paper 2 - Kitchen God's Wife - Final Draft - Fitzgerald 1 Brady Fitzgerald Professor Sherry Rosenthal English 102 21 March 2017 Communication

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Fitzgerald 1 Brady Fitzgerald Professor Sherry Rosenthal English 102 21 March 2017 Communication Barriers in The Kitchen God’s Wife The Kitchen God’s Wife , first published in 1991, is a novel written by the Chinese- American author, Amy Tan. The Kitchen God’s Wife primarily explores the relationship between a Chinese-born mother, Winnie Louie, and her American born-daughter, Pearl Louie Brandt. In the story, one finds that Pearl and Winnie have a highly-stressed relationship as a result of two main factors; they identify with different cultures, and they are harboring secrets from one another. Winnie, who identifies more closely with the Asian culture, has kept from Pearl that Pearl’s biological father is not who she thinks he is, and Pearl, who more closely identifies with the American culture, has kept from her mother that she suffers from multiple sclerosis. As the story progresses, both Winnie and Pearl deal with the pressure of revealing their secrets to one another, which in the end allows them to understand each other in a way that they could not before. In many ways, the communication barriers between Winnie and Pearl in The Kitchen God’s Wife reflect communication barriers that appear between immigrant parents and their American-born children, barriers which are caused by differences in styles of communication, beliefs, customs, and experiences. In The Kitchen God’s Wife, differences in styles of communication create barriers between Pearl and Winnie; similarly, such differences lead to barriers between many immigrant parents and their American-born children. In the story, the style of communication used by Winnie, largely as a consequence of her Asian culture, results in Pearl finding it difficult to communicate with her mother. This point is introduced potently at the very beginning of the

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