top-rated free essay

Coming home again - Chang Rae Lee

By crs818 Sep 29, 2013 337 Words
In “Coming home Again”, Chang-Rae talks about his relationship with his mother as he was growing up, and how it changed and transformed as he grew up. He talks about his mother’s cooking and goes well into detail with it, this can be seen by the quote “When I was six or seven years old, I used to watch my mother as she prepared our favorite meals. It was one of my daily pleasures.” (pg1). He talks about every minute action that went into preparing a dish as he watched his mom cook, one such example is when she prepares a dish called kalbi. “For kalbi, she would take up a butchered short rib in her narrow hand, the flinty bone shaped like a section of an airplane wing and deeply embedded in gristle and flesh, and with the point of her knife cut so that the bone fell away, though not completely, leaving it connected to the meat by the barest opaque layer of tendon.”(pg2). He deeply respected and loved his mother, but the relationship grew strained when he went away to boarding school. As he looks back in the essay, he regrets the fact that he hadn’t spent enough time with his mother before she passed. He began to think that choosing a boarding school made him lose valuable time with his mother. I believe that the idea of this essay is the relationship of the author and his mother. I think Lee wants us to relate to his family and try to teach us from his experiences. He chose Exeter and thus he couldn’t spend enough time with his mother. It just goes to show how you always need to give up something to get something. At the end of the essay he writes,” Sometimes I still think about what she said , about having made a mistake . “(pg6).This shows how Chang Rae wasn’t sure he made the right decision in relation to going to the boarding school Exeter.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • An Analysis of Coming Home Again by Chang Rae Lee

    ...Heller IWW 1 9-15-14 Exercise III In _Coming home Again_, Chang Rae Lee talks about his relationship with his mother and how the relationship changes as he grows up. Lee talks about his mother's cooking moments to show the relationship. As Lee describes the moment when he watches his mom "… takes up a butchered short rib in her n...

    Read More
  • Chang Rae Lee

    ...of the family? The Essay ‘Coming Home Again’ written by Chang-Rae Lee demonstrates that one should always communicate openly and often with your parents; For when they are no longer around or after the time of their death, the time missed with them will be regretted. Growing up in a household where his mother is a housewife and his fa...

    Read More
  • Coming Home Again Commentary

    ...Critical Essay The Introduction In the personal story “Coming Home Again” by Chang-Rae Lee, the author describes his link with his mother via cooking and food. Lee cares for and respects his mother. Yet the author doesn’t always see eye to eye with his mother. Lee's mother intends the best for him and sends to a New Hampshire boarding sc...

    Read More
  • Analysis of Coming Home Again

    ...their mother country while the offspring are ready to make transition to their newly-adopted home. Problems often arise in most mundane circumstances such as calling the bank, buying clothes, and more. Chang Rae Lee narrates about a personal experience of encountering a bitter argument with his mother as he “was getting more and more impatient...

    Read More
  • Coming Home

    ...Coming Home The Renaissance period was defined by the plethora of work that paid homage to antiquity, or the classics. These Renaissance writers, artists, and thinkers recognized the virtues, themes, and ideas of the classics and they were able to harness those virtues, themes, and ideas in order to influence their society. Today, the same thin...

    Read More
  • Coming Home

    ...They say that there’s no place like home, and I would say nothing much comes close. People here, there and everywhere dream of a place, abroad or locally to go to. But for people like me who grew up at the province and are now studying in a different place, we reminisce the times we were with the people who we grew up with. Yes, the place I wo...

    Read More
  • An Analysis of A Gesture Life by Chang-Rae Lee

    ...Chang-rae lee, in A Gesture Life, pictures a Japanese immigrant named Franklin Hata. Hata have been seeking assimilation into the American society. To become part of the society, Hata tries to become the perfect citizen in the society, a "mascot" who everyone knows and respects. To further his assimilation, he tries to complete the picture of a ...

    Read More
  • Coming Home

    ...‘Coming Home’ by Marjorie Waters is a personal essay which describes the author’s feelings upon returning home after a long time and how she recovers from her deep grief caused by losing a loved one to death. The author narrates how she walks around the house, pulling back the curtains, dusting the dirt off, making tea etc., doing chore...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.