Sunday, September 30, 2007

Outside Reading Homework Section #2

Chinese Cinderella

Loaded words:
--1) Mercilessly - page 36
This word is loaded because it shows emphasizes the fact that the boys were really teased. She used it for that reason, to make the teased point stand out.
--2) Loyal - page 39
This word is laoded becasue it shows that they are not only going to obey their grandfather, but also they will always be on his side. She used it to show that they will be only worried about being good to their grandfather.
--3) Daintily - page 40
This word is loaded because it explains how the other classmates so easily get around, while Adeline had to walk to school. She uses this word to show how they get it so easy while Adeline doesn't.
--4) Detest - page 44
This word is loaded becase it tells that Big brother really dislikes their step siblings tutor-nanny. She uses the word to do just that, show that the children really do dislike the nanny.
--5) Volatile - page 46
This word is loaded because it is showing the personality of big brother, and it really tells alot about him. She used it for the reason to show big brothers personality over the subject of their step mother.
--6) Spinxlike - page 47
This word is loaded because it is describing with frightning features, their step mother. She used the word to show that quality if her and how she is so scary to the children.
--7) Harrowing - page 51
This word is loaded because it intensifies the fact that so many things around her are turning against her and the ones she cares about the most. She used the word to get to the reader to be reminded of that.
--8) Paradise - page 53
This word is loaded because is tells of how Adeline visions where and how her mother is living in her heaven, and it is so much different than how Adeline is living. She used it to tell a story, but also to show that Adeline still has hope a nd belief of a better place she could be and that her mother is in a better place now.
--9) Illicitly - page 53
This word is loaded because it shows how happy her classmates are for her, and the attention she gets form her teacher and classmates. She used it to show the difference from how she feels and is treated at school versus home.
--10) Dreadful - page 55
This word is loaded because it shows how much Adeline hates her life. She uses the word because it shows that she not only hates her life, but can't tell anyone about her troubles because she feels she will never be loved again.

Summary of Section 2
Adeline and her siblings are neglected and are told that they have to walk to and from school every morning and afternoon. So they go to their grandfather, Ye Ye, and aunt and as for money for tram fares, and they get it from them. When their stepmother, Niang, found out of this that they were receiving money from their grandfather and aunt, she was very upset and said that it was good for them to walk the way to school. She told them that they could get tram fares if they came and apologized and admitted that they were wrong. Big sister and her brothers all went and said their sorrys and got their fares. But Adeline didn't want to give in and she felt that that would be disloyal to Ye Ye. The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday for them, and they all get a new wardrobe to signify the new change. So all the family got a new outfit for the celebration. The five children got very bland outfits, and their two step siblings got brilliant nice outfits. They were very upset that they always got the worse side of everything, so they got together for a meeting, and during which, plotted what they could do against Niang. They decided to write a letter in Chinese characters, which Niang never read, to their father. Then when third brother left the room to go to the bathroom, Niang was right outside the door, she had been listening to them the whole time. During dinner that night, Niang didn't seem at all bent out of shape, in fact, she seemed better than usual, which made the children worried what she was up to now. Then Niang invited big sister to move into the bedroom on their floor, which was a huge thing, since that floor was for only Niang, father, and the step siblings, she had obviously figured out that big sister was the leader and had to be seperated from the others. So big sister was just as spoiled as the step siblings now, and was really close to the tutor-nanny who she used to despise, she was on the other side now. Adeline grew even closer to her aunt, and their room was her get away place, where she always went to, and in scool she was getting extra attention now because she was especially good at writing papers/stories for class. All the girls in her class would crowd around her and talk to her about her stories, or the latest ones she had written about. However, things around home were as bad as always, she hated her life, yet she wouldn't dare tell anyone because she would never have a chance of being loved by Niang or even her own father.

My Reactions
I really feel for Adeline in this story and i can't even imaine what she is going through. And I have a lot of respect for her and her siblings for being so strong through all of this they're having to deal with. I would have gone so crazy by now, I don't even want to know what its like to live hating all of everything. The part that really gets to me is the fact that their step siblings are spoiled beyond end, while they would rather starve than live the way they are. And while all of this is going on, their biological father is home during all of this nonsense, and he is the one bringing in all of te family's income, but he doesn't and can't do anything against Niang because of tradition of the woman being the head of the house.

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