The Woman Warrior | Study Guide

Maxine Hong Kingston

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The Woman Warrior | Characters

Character Description Traits
Maxine Hong Kingston Maxine Hong Kingston both honors and rebels against the roles of women in her Chinese-American family. Read More imaginative, determined, unpopular
Brave Orchid Brave Orchid, Kingston's mother, is a former midwife who has emigrated from China to raise a family with her husband and work in their laundry business. Read More loud, brash, insulting, strict
Fa Mu Lan Fa Mu Lan is a legendary Chinese female warrior who goes to battle in place of her father. Read More brave, undaunted, balanced, independent
No Name Woman No Name Woman, Kingston's aunt on her father's side, is a young Chinese woman who becomes pregnant by someone other than her husband. Read More intimidated, ashamed
Moon Orchid Moon Orchid is a timid. older Chinese woman who emigrates to the United States to be with her family. Read More naive, reluctant
The Old Couple The Old Couple are an elderly couple who teach martial arts in the legend of Fa Mu Lan. Read More wise, insistent, powerful
Brave Orchid's husband Brave Orchid's husband is a hard-working Chinese immigrant who runs a laundry in Stockton, California. hard-working, patient
Crazy Mary Crazy Mary is a Chinese immigrant who is left as a baby in China and is crazy by the time she gets to the United States. explosive, unpredictable
Kingston's brother Kingston's brother is a sensible boy who reluctantly does what his mother tells him to do. obedient, intelligent
Kingston's sister Kingston's sister is an obedient Chinese-American girl. obedient
Lovely Orchid Lovely Orchid is a younger woman in China who owns a shoe company. devoted, beautiful
Mentally challenged boy The mentally challenged boy is a young adult man who looks like a boy, dresses in sloppy clothing, and gives toys to younger children. loud, clueless, ever-present
Moon Orchid's daughter The daughter of Moon Orchid is an obedient young Chinese-American woman who is curious about her parentage. dutiful, caring
Moon Orchid's husband Moon Orchid's husband is a businessman who leaves his family in China to start a new life, without telling his Chinese wife. Americanized, somewhat sensitive
Nurse The nurse speaks poor Chinese and doesn't want her husband to be in touch with his Chinese family. cold, efficient
Pee-A-Nah Pee-A-Nah is a crazy Chinese woman who chases children. insane, dangerous
Silent girl The silent girl is an extremely shy, unpopular Chinese-American girl who refuses to speak. quiet, outcast
Ts'ai Yen Ts'ai Yen is a female Chinese poet born in the second century CE and captured by barbarians. resilient, captive
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