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A Critical Analysis of No Name Woman Times are different depending on which society one happens to come upon and no one person has the ability to see everyones point of view In Maxine Hong Kingstons short story No Name Woman there is the belief that the narrator is faced with pressures from a deeply entwined scapegoating and contradicting community In this story while the aunt goes through a major ordeal the rest of the village takes it personally The story itself put it so splendidly The villagers punished her for acting as if she could have a private life secret and apart from them p 396 The narrator was told a story from her Chinese culture of a forgotten aunt whose husband went away to America During his absence the aunt mysteriously became with child No one questioned her on how the child was miraculously conceived Instead they attacked her and her family showing their shame of the situation they were unwillingly placed in The Villagers ransacked the familys house and belongings even her own flesh and blood her family later joined the accusations After she gave birth the aunt took what little pride she had left and committed suicide in such a manner that no matter how they tried to erase her existence the weeping ghost would remain to haunt them all Chinese communities were too deeply routed to have solitary life almost everyone in the village is connected to every other by blood or marriage In China families are very proud of their way of life and village around them particularly those people related through marriage Traditionally family ties were very strong when a Chinese woman married a Chinese man she was forced to shed her biological family and join her husbands family The woman would move in and become a part of the extensive group of aunts uncles brothers sisters parents and children forming a perfect unity that works together
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