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Throughout chapter two of Maxine Kingstons acclaimed book The Woman Warrior she illustrates the bane of society and the inherent power of nature The corruption of society can be seen when Maxine states At night the mice and toads look at menot once would I see a three-legged toad though you need strings of cash to bait them 23 This quotation describes how money can destroy nature and create a monstrosity out of it such as thee-legged toads However in the mountains where Maxine now resides the corruption of civilization has not yet befallen this wonderland Additionally the corruption of society can be seen through the racism of Maxines boss Bright isnt it Nigger yellow 48 Ironically however niggers dont have yellow skin Chinese people do Thus the boss was making a direct racial slur against his very own employee as well as African-Americans thus showing societys corruption Furthermore he supports a restaurant that the CORE and NAACP two of the largest human-rights organizations are boycotting The final instance of corruption within society can be seen by the barons own sons not having to be conscripted into the army while Maxines old and helpless father must go and fight The baron and other government officials symbols of power in society took my harvest so that my children had to eat grass 44 Ultimately society is constantly being negatively portrayed as a corrupt institution that harms the tranquility of nature Maxine Kingston constantly reminds us of the power of nature over our corrupt civilization and how we must not be so haughty and arrogant in our existence Even the mighty warrior Fa Mu Lan was defeated by a lowly white crane who snapped her pole in two 19 Furthermore nature in mythical stories and real life has the power to drop large hailstones and bring deadly lightning-bolts that can bring even the mightiest armies to their knees Nature had the ability to bring about the downfall
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