An analytical Essay on Chinese Cinderella and Water
By Meyuri Mahendrarajah
In today’s world we share many experience with other people from different parts of the world. In this analytical essay global conections and human experiences by will be explored by comparing and contrasting the novel Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah and the film Water by Deepa Mehta. The novel Chinese Cinderella describes Adeline's experiences growing up as an unwanted daughter and was published in 1999 and is a shorter version of her autobiography Falling Leaves. The film Water describes the poor treatment of widows in traditional Hindu culture in India during Gandhi’s time. Water was produced in 2005. Adeline Yen Mah was born in Tianjin, China and grow up with Father, Niang(stepmother), Aunt Baba, Ye Ye (grandpa), Nai Nai (grandma) and sibalings .Two weeks after Adeline's birth her mother died with fever because of that incident Adeline’s family considered her as bad luck. Adeline tries to make her father proud by doing well at school but her siblings were jealous. Like the traditional Cinderella she gets a stepmother who tries to exclude her from the family for example she has to go to boarding school. The only people who showed real love were her grandparents and aunt Baba. Even though Niang wanted Adeline to get arranged marriage like her sister, Adeline’s father lets her go to university to study medicine because he actually saw how smart she was. Chuyia is the main protagonist in Water who becomes a widow at the age of seven but she acts like she doesn’t know anything. The film was set in 1938 when widows were considered as a curse. Chuyia had a desire to return home but she never fulfilled it. That is when she meets another widow called Kalyani, who teaches her how to do things on her own, for example how to count. When Kalyani meets Narayan, a follower of Gandhi, he falls deeply in love with her beauty. When Kalyani tries to married to Narayan, she is forced to cut...
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