Yingying is Lena’s mother and a selfproclaimed ghost but she wasn’t always this way. Through her narrated flashbacks at the start of the parable, it is shown how she evolved from a freespirited, proud, talkative girl to a ghost with no voice all led by a bad, cheating husband. In this transformation, Yingying loses herself and loses her identity, which greatly affects her current family negatively.
Firstly, Ying ying’s stubborn behaviour by keeping everything to herself, including her secrets and past has caused a drastic strain in her relationship with her family. Lena says how her “mother never talked about her life in China, but her father said he had saved her from a terrible life there” and she was somehow very secretive about her life back before she married Lena’s father.
By keeping silent, Yingying may be trying to avoid confrontation with a painful past. But by refusing to speak her feelings, she also unwittingly erects a kind of wall between herself and her loved ones. Thus, her family is unable to console her in the loss of the baby boy and her past life. The family thus felt the obvious barrier between them and Ying ying, causing a more distant relationship that lacked knowledge or understanding of the family members. This might have also resulted in Lena feeling guilty as she thought that maybe she did not understand her mother that well after all. This wall of silence, unlike the wall in the apartment, is one that no voices, no expressions of love or comfort, can penetrate.
Secondly, Ying ying is too passive and fearful to a large extent that she causes confusion in the family that slowly led to the loss of proper communication that many families offer. When the St. Clairs move to a new neighborhood, Lena’s father sees the shift as a rise in status, but Yingying judges her new apartment by different standards, known as superstitions and ...
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