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The Woman Warrior: Introduction
The Woman Warrior: Plot Summary
The Woman Warrior: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Woman Warrior: Themes
The Woman Warrior: Quotes
The Woman Warrior: Characters
The Woman Warrior: Symbols
The Woman Warrior: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Maxine Hong Kingston
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- Full Title: The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
- When Written: Early-1970s
- Where Written: Honolulu, Hawaii
- When Published: 1976
- Literary Period: Postmodern American Literature
- Genre: Memoir
- Setting: Canton province, China; Stockton, California
- Climax: In a long monologue delivered to her parents at dinner, Kingston screams at them—not only telling them that she does not want The Hulk around anymore, but also insisting that none of their expectations for her (that she will be a wife or a slave) are valid.
- Point of View: First-person; third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for The Woman Warrior
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