The Woman Warrior
Study Questions and Essay Topics
Kingston is frequently frustrated by the ambiguity of her mother's talk-stories. In what ways, however, might she be said to use talk-story to her advantage?
Discuss the changing role of food in The Woman Warrior.
What is the significance of death in The Woman Warrior?
Suggested Essay Topics
Compare and contrast the role of reproduction in "No-Name Woman" and "White Tigers."
Discuss the portrayal of Chinese Communists in the book and how they are woven into the narrative.
Choose three examples of the theme of silence in the book and compare and contrast them.
Compare and contrast the figures of Ts'ai Yen and Fa Mu Lan. Which character forms a more useful talk-story for Kingston?
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