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Rules of the Game
Transcript of Rules of the Game
Lauren Yunker, Libby Ozog, Rae Slager Present day Chinatown Author Amy Tan Imagery Symbolism Theme Irony Style: Types of Sentences Tone Characters Setting Where:
San Francicso Chinatown
Time of year:
After World War 2 Meimei (Waverly Jong)
7-8 years old
Has a Chinese culture
Wise and Smart
Proud of her heritage
Flat Character Point of View Dialogue Relaxed (in the beginning)
Happy (in the beginning)
Tense (the end)
Anger (the end) No Irony Senses appealed to most - sight and sound
Example: (sight) "We lived on Waverly Place, in a warm, clean, two-bedroom flat that sat above a small Chinese bakery. . . "
Example: (sound) "Bone chopsticks clinked against the insides of bowls being emptied into hungry mouths." Meimei's name means "little sister" in Chinese
Chessboard - represented Meimei's life and future "Her black men advanced across the plane, slowly marching to each successive level as a single unit . . . I closed my eyes and pondered my next move."
Meimei's mother uses the quote, "Wise guy, he not go against wind. In Chinese we say, Come from South, blow with wind-poom!-North will follow. Strongest wind cannot be seen," which symbolizes going with the flow and avoiding fighting the norm. Subject of story: A girl who seems simple, becoming a great chess player which seperates her from her family
What author says about subject: Amy Tan believed that going for your goals was a great thing to do, but it should not break family bonds.
Moral: Follow your dreams, but don't let it hurt others. Although her family did not originally support her, Meimei became a great chess player, yet in the end, it was she who hurt them. Plot Exposition
Meimei is a young girl living in Chinatown
Meimei does not want her mom to brag about her.
Meimei wants to win her chess games in her tournament
Meimei's mom takes her to town to run errands with her
Meimei runs away from her mom after their argument about Meimei's mom bragging about her
Meimei wonders what she will do with her mom to fix this problem with her An Excerpt from
The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan Characterization Indirect Characterization
Mom's dialogue explains how her attitude changes throughout the story
When Meimei's mom describes her hair while styling it Feelings About Two Characters Meimei
Goes for what she wants
Wise with her choices
Likes China better than America
Worries too much Protagonist change at the end of story Meimei changes throughout the story because she learns how to use her chessboard to help her out with her problems in her life with her mom Background Information After Amy Tan wrote this short story she added it to her book "The Joy Luck Club"
Born in Oakland California, 1952
Her parents were Chinese immigrants
Married Louis Demattei
Enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, and traveling to high adventure destinations
Lives in San Francisco and New York
Has two dogs First person Style: Choice of Words Descriptive words