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Chinese women in the stories and movies we discussed in class were seemingly persecuted solely for the sake of being women None seemed to be able to find peace or happiness until late in life or even in death Their rank in society was comparable to that of some kind of slave at best Perhaps one of the most scarring events that happened to any of the women associated with the Joy Luck Club was what happened to Waverlys grandmother Upon visiting and honoring her dead husbands shrine she was invited to play Mah Jong at a wealthy mans house by his first wife She must have stayed until late because she ended up spending the night during which the first wifes husband came into her room and raped her When she went home nobody in her family believed that she had been raped They believed that she had willingly become a concubine and dishonored her widows vow They may have also believed that a mans word even one they didnt know to be more worthy of their trust than that of their own daughter Her family believed a stranger over her simply because she was a woman Her opinion was not worth all that much during that time period No one would give her shelter and no one would give her work The family of her husband even prevented her from seeing her daughter Lindo who was Waverlys mother She was effectively cut off from the rest of the world After Waverlys grandmother found out that she was pregnant she went to live with the man that raped her in order to save the life of her child This touched upon a recurring theme in these stories a mothers self sacrifice for the life or happiness of her child She would rather subject herself to the pleasures of a man who had raped her and the woman who made it possible than to
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