Things Fall Apart

The Woman Warrior – Plot Overview

The Woman Warrior focuses on the stories of five women—Kingstons long-dead aunt, “No-Name Woman”; a mythical female warrior, Fa Mu Lan; Kingstons mother, Brave Orchid; Kingstons aunt, Moon Orchid; and finally Kingston herself—told in five chapters. The chapters integrate Kingstons lived experience with a series of talk-stories—spoken stories that combine Chinese history, myths, and beliefs—her …

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The Woman Warrior – Chapter Five: A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe

Summary Brave Orchid once told Kingston that she had sliced her frenum, the lower part of her tongue, when Kingston was a baby, to prevent her from becoming tongue-tied. If the story is true, Kingston thinks her mother did not do a good enough job. She describes her difficulties communicating with others as a little …

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