Summary of Chinese Cinderella

Summary of Chinese Cinderella
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  • In the exposition we learn that there is a girl named Adeline and she has a father, a stepmother called Niang, four brothers, one big sister, one little sister, an aunt, and a grandfather. The setting takes place in her house in China. She is an unwanted daughter and no one really remembers her.
  • In the rising action the family moves to a new house. Niang lectures the children and tells them what to do. She tells them  how to live in the house and where to go and where not to go. adeline starts a new school and gets top in her class.
  • In Chinese Cinderella there are many conflicts that are present but when you sum it up most of the time Adeline is getting abused by her stepmother Niang. She blames her for everything, says she does everything wrong, and she is not allowed to have freedom to do anything.
  • In the climax of chinese cinderella Niang and Adelines father decide for Adeline to go to a boarding school in Hong Kong because she is no use in the house.
  • The falling action of the story is while Adeline is at her boarding school the sister of Niang comes to rescue her and her name is Aunt Reine.
  • At the resolution of the story Aunt Baba writes about how stories of cinderella relate to her and a similar to her story. She writes about how her actions relate to cinderella and how they both mourn for their dead mother. At the end of her letter she calls Adeline " My chinese Cinderella"(197).
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