It's Not Easy Being Unwanted

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Mackenzie Lawrence
Queen Workman
Honors Nine, 6
10 September 2011
It’s Not Easy Being Unwanted
Adeline Yen-Mah’s life as an unwanted daughter is unpleasant because of two factors: Her parents, and her siblings. In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen-Mah writes an auto-biography about her depressing childhood as an unwanted daughter in the Chinese culture in the time frame of World War Two. This book describes in-depth her depressing life; how her siblings despised her, and became jealous after she started getting awards in school, how unfair and harsh her parents were towards her, and how Yen-Mah’s only forms of happiness where from school. It is miraculous that Adeline Yen-Mah is able to lead a semi-normal life after all of the cruelties of her childhood. Yen-Mah was seemingly despised by her siblings, and once she started school, they became jealous. Yen-Mah often endured harsh criticism from her siblings, and some of her siblings seemed to almost hate her. Big Sister, for example, blamed Yen-Mah’s birth for killing First Wife (Yen-Mah’s mother). “If you had not been born, Mama would still be alive. She died because of you. You are bad luck” (Yen-Mah, location 7 of 2662 in Amazon Kindle®) Yen-Mah was indeed treated like bad luck from most of her siblings. “While I was basking in Third Brother’s praise, I suddenly felt a hard blow across the back of my head. I turned around to see Second Brother glowering at me.”(Location 210 of 2662) This citation is when Yen-Mah was telling Third Brother of her first award at school, and Second Brother hit her on the head for “showing off your medal” (Location 219). Yen-Mah’s life is filled with little moments like this that just scream unwanted. Throughout Yen-Mah’s life, her parents’ are mostly harsh and uncaring, and they failed in treating all of their children equally. The Second Wife’s children were treated above everyone else, only because they were her children, and not First Wife’s. “’what...
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