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Marine Kingstons memoir The Woman Warrior Memories of a Girlhood Among Ghosts integrates Kingstons life experiences in cahoots with spoken stories that entail Chinese history myths and beliefs The feminist autobiography more specifically the No Name Woman chapter underlies the issues of sexism of early Chinese culture Sexism is defined as attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles Through the dichotomy of myth and reality Kingston reveals the Chinese tradition of male dominance and female oppression Kingstons use of symbols and the social context of the talk stories her mother told her bolster the identity of the role of women in traditional Chinese society Kingston uses silence and bounded feet as symbols for the intangible restrictions of the woman in the traditional Chinese culture The symbol of silence is introduced when Brave Orchid tells Maxine You must not tell anyone my mother said what I am about to tell you The preceding quote articulates the idea that women were required to be silent and had no voice in society and they had to forget their aunt Maxine is not allowed to talk about her aunt however she ironically ends up telling the world by writing a book Maxine further learns that speaking out and rebelling against society always had a punishment This idea is demonstrated when No Name Woman rebels against the traditional Chinese culture and bears a child through adultery Moreover Kingston introduces another oppressive symbol when she says We didnt have to have our feet bound when we were seven A foot binding was a common in traditional Chinese culture The feet binding symbolized the restrictions placed upon women in traditional Chinese society The foot bindings were degrading as well as harmful to the bodies however the woman needed to listen to the males no matter what Furthermore the social context of the talk stories also demonstrated the inferior status of femalesKingston revises No Name Womans story based on
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