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The Kitchen Gods Wife Chinese Culture Relationships Adversity Amy Tans novel The Kitchen Gods Wife is the story of a relationship between a mother and daughter that is much more than it seems This touchingly beautiful narrative not only tells a story but deals with many of the women writers issues Tan addresses the issues of the inequality given women in Chinese culture and also deals with issues such as Chinese cultures expectations of women abortion friendship mother-daughter relationships and the strength of women in the face of adversity Tan even sets the feminist mood with the title of the book which refers to a woman in Chinese Mythology who cared for a selfish man who became a minor god She pulls from her own life experiences relatives and emotions to write this story a factor that probably contributes to the realness of the plot and the roundness of the characters Tans mothers previous marriage to an abusive man her fathers death and her loving relationship with her relatives specifically her mother all show themselves in the intricately woven story of a mother named Winnie and a daughter named Pearl and their struggles as Chinese-American women The protagonist and the antagonist in The Kitchen Gods Wife is Winnie Louie and Wen Fu Lets take a look at these two characters from the novel Winnie Louies life is characterized by ups and downs and the way she survives all this serves as a moral for her daughter Pearl From the age of six Winnie feels the pangs of separation when her beloved mother leaves her Winnie is sent to live in her uncles house in Tsungming Island The way Winnie is treated is very different from the treatment meted out to her cousin Peanut Though both are of almost the same age Winnies aunts are partial to Peanut Winnie had considered marriage to be a better option than staying in Tsungming Island But marriage to an
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