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Woman Warrior Rhetorical Analysis

In her postmodern autobiography, Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston narrates her life as a Chinese American struggling to find her identity in a home permeated by ambiguity. As Kingston matures, she comes to recognize the destructive nature of silence, and is able to articulate the malignant cause and effect relationship silence has on the individual human psyche as well as the well being of others. Kingston begins her autobiography by describing silence as a double-edged sword, meaning that while silence has the capability to be used as a deadly weapon, it is also harmful to one that uses silence as a tool for censorship in an effort to change the past. In the first chapter of her autobiography titled “No…