Chinese Cinderella, Sink or Swim
Chinese Cinderella written by Adeline Yen Mah, is regarding a young girl which is considered to be the cause of her mother’s death and is identified as bad luck. After the death of her mother, a year later her father remarries a French woman, who Adeline and her siblings call Niang – meaning stepmother. Niang has two children which are now Adeline’s stepbrother/sister. Niang’s children are always favoured and receive the best of everything. Adeline struggles through life up to the age of fourteen when she proves to her family that she is more than what meets the eye, and proves to them that she is equal to everyone else, and tries her hardest so that she can be accepted for who she is. Sink or Swim written by Ron Bunney, tells the story of a boy named Bazza at the age of 15/16 who runs away from home and makes his own way in life. While on this adventure, he comes across a fisherman named Earl who provides him with hospitality and gives him a job as a ‘decky’. The boys’ bond becomes closer and they develop into good friends. In my essay, I am going to discuss the similarities between both texts. The topics I am going to discuss within my essay are loneliness, feeling of being unwanted and self - esteem. Loneliness is a feeling of isolation, which is expressed by many unwanted children. This feeling is demonstrated in both texts by the two main characters; Adeline and ‘Bazza’, as they suffer loneliness due to family problems and the issue of which both characters are made to feel like there is no one there for them in times of struggle and when they need them most. “I’m nothing. Less than nothing. A piece of garbage to be thrown out…” (p207). This quote from Chinese Cinderella, describes how Adeline feels, which is lonely. Adeline feels lonely because she believes that in her own father’s mind he does not even remember her name. When most of her family members dislike her – Father, Niang Little sister, Big...
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