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Response Paper on Bone Fae Myenne Ngs Bone narrates the story of an immigrant Chinese family settled in Chinatown The story revolves around various types of relationships among the characters with marriage as a common thread binding them all The author presents different types of marriages and their respective effects on the protagonists family such as Mahs first and second marriages and Leilas marriage to Mason Louie First person perspective is employed through Leila Mahs daughter from her first marriage who expresses her feelings about family by comparing her biological father to her stepfather Leon Mahs marriage to Leilas father Dulcie Fu was the result of a thrill during her youth Since the marriage centered on infatuation instead of logical reason it had little chance of succeeding As expected the marriage ended when this man left without explanation Mahs first marriage represents the negative outcome of a relationship based on impulsive brash feelings for a man who ends up deserting both her and Leila After the ill-fated result of her first marriage Mah attempts to improve her situation by wedding Leon an eclectic old-style Chinese immigrant with a more mature sense of responsibility and family union Their marriage represents stability and produces two daughters Ona and Nina A tight bond grows between everyone in the family although from Leilas point of view it seems as though Leon is only a convenient spouse for her mother However Leon becomes the one Leila really considers her father Even though she does not carry his surname he has always been there for her since its time that makes a family not just blood Leons strong paternal instincts become evident in how he defends his family against gossip and consistently reiterates to his family the importance of preserving such a close knit relationship Even through harsh times and tribulations such as Onas suicide Leon exhausts all of his efforts to try to keep the family together He ultimately
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