The persistence of social oppression is an obvious theme in Kingston's "The Woman Warrior". One can pickup on this from the first chapter quite easily. Through Kingston's recount of the story her mother told her about her father's sister we can see how cruelly women could be treated in China at that time. In this "talk-story" as her mother calls it, we learn that Kingston had an aunt who never left China. This aunt was shunned by her village and family for becoming pregnant by a man who was not her husband. The details surrounding this man and their relationship are shady and uncertain, however the villagers decide to ransack her home, slaughtering the family's livestock and destroying their crop.
The relationship with this story and the theme of social oppression comes later in the chapter. We learn that after her home was destroyed, made outcast by her family, Kingston's aunt crawls into the barn and gives birth to the child. She feeds the child and later carries it to the well with her. "It was probably a girl; there is some hope of forgiveness for boys." (The Woman Warrior. Pg 15)
This sentence shows how women face such oppression and hardships in China during this period. Kingston explains that if the child was a boy, perhaps her aunt could simply kill herself and let the child live and possibly the child would outgrow its mother's shame, and have a good life. However since the child was a girl, Kingston's aunt was convinced the child would have no such luck and thus... [continues]
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