Sample Essay – The House on Mango Street

The story of Kingston’s mother and Brave Orchid is narrated in “Shaman”. (Kingston 55) Her aunt, Brave Orchid used to be a powerful doctor, midwife and had the powers to destroy ghosts back in China. When Kingston was young, she found this to be terrifying and astonishing as well. Most of the stories that Kingston was told by her mother about slavery, babies left to die and a woman stoned to death by the villagers still haunt Kingston. Kingston then, decides to visit her mother who after many years of misunderstanding, they seem to get on well. Brave is also warm towards her something that has never happened before.

At the western palace is the story of Brave’s folk tales about a polygamous emperor who was married to four wives. This shows the similarity of Brave’s sister, Moon who is in a similar position. Moon husband left her in China about thirty years ago and went to stay in Los Angeles where he is a successful doctor. Brave urges her sister to travel to Los Angeles, confront her husband, and demand her rights back. Moon, who cannot utter a single English word disagrees completely with her husband and is left to take care of her alone in America. Moon goes crazy due to her situation and is admitted in California state mental asylum where she dies. (Wong 12-22)

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