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I had to write this essay at school. It is my first essay. I published it because I haven't put anything on my account and I have no comments. It is depressing.


Submitted:Nov 11, 2008    Reads: 8,544    Comments: 8    Likes: 3   


This term I have been reading Chinese Cinderella, an autobiography by Adeline Yen Mah. It is a touching story about the life of an unwanted daughter living with her grandparents, aunt, siblings and her horrid father and stepmother. Ever since her mother died due to her birth, all her siblings renamed her 'bad luck charm'. All her life Adeline had been mistreated, unloved and never acknowledged. The issue I would like to discuss is about family relationships and its impact.
Adeline was treated unfairly by members of her family. Her stepmother has always treated Adeline differently from her own biological children. Her stepmother's children would be given expensive and new clothes and Adeline was given an itchy second had brown smock that looked like it had been pulled out of the ground. Her stepmother's children were given delicious cakes while Adeline received minimal food a day with occasional fruit as an amazing treat. Lastly, Adeline's stepmother always dismissed Adeline of her rights and continuously tried to banish her from their home.
Adeline's father never thought much about his daughter. Adeline's ignorant father had always considered Adeline a waste of time, space and money. He always listened to his new wife and sent Adeline off to many boarding schools across the country. He even sent to her to a boarding school in Shanghai during the time when the communists were arriving. At that time most families were pulling their children out of schools and fleeing. Poor Adeline stayed at boarding schools for years and never had a visitor or any mail from her family. In one incident Adeline's father even forgot her own name and birthday! 'The stewardess asked me to fill out these cards. I'm afraid I've forgotten your Chinese name. Is it Jun-quing? No father. That's little sister's name. Mine is Jun-ling.'
Lastly, Adeline's siblings treated her horribly and were dishonest towards her. They played unfair tricks on her and took away her precious things. When Adeline and her siblings received a box of ducklings from some of her parent's friends, she fell in love with her new small pet. One day her family wanted to test how obedient their ferocious dog was. They order one of her brothers to go and collect one of the ducklings for bait. Adeline hoped to god that it was not her duckling, but as she was the weakest of all her siblings, her brother chose her pet. Their dog tortured and tormented the duckling to death.
Another time Adeline's three brothers played a nasty joke on her in the kitchen. They pretended to be nice and pour her a glass of orange juice. Suspicious as Adeline should have been, she still trusted her brothers and lifted the glass to her mouth. As she took a sip of the so called 'juice', the disgusting odor of urine reached her. Her suspicions were correct, as she realizes that her brothers had urinated in the juice.
I do not think the Authors message is that 'everything will be alright in the end'. I believe that life may be hard, but sometimes it still doesn't turn out. I think that luck sometimes doesn't catch you, and the wheel just doesn't point in your direction. The most memorable moment for me in Chinese Cinderella, would have to be the moving letter at the end of the book that Adeline's Aunt Baba sends her. It literally brought tears to my eyes, when I tried to think how Adeline must have felt after hearing from her loving Aunt. As well as being a book about a child's sad hard life, I also think that Chinese Cinderella is a story about love, relationships and survival.




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