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Maxine Hong Kingston

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Perspective and Narrator

The Woman Warrior is narrated by the author of the memoir in the first-person point of view. The author also tells stories about her mother's life and the legend of Fa Mu Lan, a female Chinese warrior, in the third-person point of view. The first-person point of view reflects Kingston's truth regarding her life rather than a factual accounting.


The Woman Warrior is narrated primarily in the past tense.

About the Title

In telling the story of her childhood and her parents' family secrets in The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston, the daughter of Chinese immigrants to the United States, moves between reality and the legend of "the woman warrior" Fa Mu Lan to represent her movement both toward and away from cultural expectations of her as a Chinese-American woman.

The subtitle, Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, refers to the narrator's mother's habit of storytelling, a habit that breeds for the narrator a plethora of ghost memories through which she must sort as she struggles to separate fact from fiction in defining her individual identity.


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