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Aside from her actions Maxine Hong Kingston isnt much more different than the woman she so greatly idolized In her novel The Woman Warrior Kingston expresses her desire for respect and support from her village In the meantime she ultimately puts Fa Mu Lan up on a pedestal as the ideal warrior she strives to be From Mu Lans story Kingston hopes to find and live a parallel life to that of Mu Lan one with a balance between her past and her future Throughout the book Kingston undergoes a significant transformation from insecure and frustrated to a woman of acceptance and growth Like all great warriors Kingston has a hidden strength that she uses to her advantage Though not completely recognizable Kingstons greatest strength is in her words In the beginning Kingston was accustomed to listening to her mothers talk-stories Those same talk-stories had instilled a fear and insecurity in Kingston that held her back from her potential as an independent writer Surprisingly enough though Kingston ends her novel with a talk-story that was once told by her mother however with a few personal touches No doubt Kingston thinks highly of the women who are able to tell talk-stories because she immediately brags to Brave Orchid about her ability to tell talk-stories as well Being able to tell her very own talk-story is by far one of Kingstons greatest victories Another woman known best for her victories is Fa Mu Lan the same warrior woman that Kingston had shown particular interest in and aspired to be when she was younger Fa Mu Lan was the sole heroine in Kingstons life being the mother wife and daughter that her family had adored while also being the fierce warrior and commander of an army of thousands Kingston not only admired Fa Mu Lans ability to balance her war life and family life but also because Fa Mu Lan was able to be everything to everyone Mu
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