Growing Up Female in the 20th Century Comparison Essay by cee-cee

Growing Up Female in the 20th Century
An analysis of Jeannette Walls' "The Glass Castle", Ayaan Hirsi Ali's "Infidel" and Maxine Hong Kingston's "The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts".
# 115196 | 4,068 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2009 | US


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The paper attempts to show how Jeannette Walls' "The Glass Castle", Ayaan Hirsi Ali's "Infidel" and Maxine Hong Kingston's "The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts" all convey that the personal lives of women in the 20th and 21st centuries can have profound implications for the entire human race. The paper first describes Walls' experiences growing up with two nomadic parents whose unconventional lifestyle frequently put their children's well being into danger. The paper then discusses the gender issues in Kingston's "The Woman Warrior" and the difficult childhood in sub-Saharan Africa under the Muslim tradition for the females in Ali's "Infidel". The paper emphasizes how one's class, ethnicity and religious background are not mere traits, but strands that link us to a wider socio-political spectrum. The paper concludes that parents indeed play a major role in shaping our identity.

Outline:
A Rootless Childhood: Jeannette Walls's The Glass Castle
Our Parents' Stories: Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior
Battling Tradition: Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel
Conclusion

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ali, Ayaan Hirsi. Infidel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.
  • Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. New York: Vintage Books, 1975.
  • Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle. New York: Scribner, 2006.

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