The Woman Warrior | Study Guide

Maxine Hong Kingston

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Chapter Summary
No Name Woman The Woman Warrior opens with the story of Maxine Hong Kingston's forgotten aunt, the "No Name Woman." She is a sister he... Read More
White Tigers (Training) "White Tigers" tells the story of the legendary woman warrior Fa Mu Lan. Maxine Hong Kingston tells how stories of legen... Read More
White Tigers (Warrior, Wife, Mother) When Fa Mu Lan is 22 years old, she is ready to fight. She heads back to her village, where her parents carve their word... Read More
White Tigers (American Village) Maxine Hong Kingston goes back to her childhood, relating the way she feels she has to accomplish something amazing to b... Read More
Shaman (The Doctor) The story "Shaman" is about Brave Orchid, Maxine Hong Kingston's mother. It opens as Kingston looks at old photos of her... Read More
Shaman (The Ghost Room) In the dormitory at the medical school where Maxine Hong Kingston's mother, Brave Orchid, lives and studies, there is a ... Read More
Shaman (Midwifery) In this part of "Shaman," Brave Orchid returns to her village, carried on a sedan, to great acclaim from the villagers. ... Read More
Shaman (Crazy Lady) This part of "Shaman" begins with more ghost stories told by Brave Orchid to her children. Maxine Hong Kingston figures ... Read More
Shaman (Ghost Country) Maxine Hong Kingston's childhood is full of ghosts, white people who do the various jobs around her: a Garbage Ghost, a ... Read More
At the Western Palace (Brave Orchid) "At the Western Palace" focuses on Moon Orchid, Maxine Hong Kingston's aunt. Having arranged her sister's emigration to ... Read More
At the Western Palace (Moon Orchid) After dinner, Brave Orchid is ready to attack the business at hand, which is to convince Moon Orchid to find her husband... Read More
At the Western Palace (The Husband) One of Brave Orchid's son's unwillingly drives the sisters and two cousins to Los Angeles to take Moon Orchid's daughter... Read More
At the Western Palace (Fear) Moon Orchid ends up living with her daughter in Los Angeles but never sees her husband again. She doesn't contact her si... Read More
A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe (Cut Tongue) "A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe" focuses on Maxine Hong Kingston herself. The story begins as she asks her mother why ... Read More
A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe (Bully) In Maxine Hong Kingston's Chinese school class, there is a girl who is completely silent, except for when she reads alou... Read More
A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe (Illness) Maxine Hong Kingston is bedridden for a full 18 months, and no one knows why she is ill. Even so, her mother insists she... Read More
A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe (Inheritance) Maxine Hong Kingston's mother has FOBs (people Fresh Off the Boat) come talk with her sister as possible marriage prospe... Read More
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