Dang it, Waverly

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Dang it, Waverly!!

“Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way,” wise words spoken by Chris Lowe, and this quote can best describe Waverly Jong in ways that I cannot. Waverly Jong just so happens to be the biggest sack of crap I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading about. But yet I have a spiritual connection with Waverly that’s so strong that it makes me want to shove chess pieces up my nose. People say that certain people are made, and not born—and the events in Waverly’s life shaped her into the condescending woman she is today. The most important event is Waverly’s life is when she started to play chess. After Waverly’s brothers receive that godforsaken chess board from church, Waverly’s life had changed. In retrospect, this event shaped her personality the most. Not only does it help her develop her “invisible strength”—a phrase used by Tan to describe Waverly and Lindo’s analytical skills. “I saw a clear path, the traps to avoid.” (Tan 96) not only does it develop her critical thinking, but it also develops her competitiveness and her independence. Soon after that, Waverly decides to quit chess to spite her mother. Waverly was fed up with the way her mother would parade her around and always dust her trophies and encourage her—pardon you Waverly, but at least your mother cares and supports you and doesn’t want you to get sick because of all the dust. Stop being such an ungrateful wench, Waverly. Then soon after she stops playing, she thinks she can just pick it up again, but she had lost her touch and had to quit for good. Her first marriage failed and her daughter Shoshanna is born. Her marriage failed because of her arrogance and jaded-ness; she’d been bitter and depressed about quitting chess for a while, she became more cynical. Waverly Jong didn’t marry that man for love, but for money. One good thing that came out of the marriage was Waverly’s daughter. About for years later, she meets her young and ginger

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