Adeline's mother died while she was giving birth to her after she had 4 other kids, Big Sister (Lydia), Big Brother (Gregory), Second Brother (Edgar), and Third Brother (James) (In order). Her father remarried Niang, who had two kids Fourth Brother (Franklin) and Little Sister (Susan) and now everyone in her family treats her terribly (except Nai Nai, Ye Ye and Aunt Baba).
STOP SHOWING OFF THE PRIZE YOU GOT FOR LEADING YOUR CLASS IN KINDERGARTEN!
The Rising Action
Niang, her father and Fourth Brother disappear, around 6 months later Aunt Baba, Ye Ye, Adeline and all her sibling find out they moved to Shanghai and they join them. Here Niang is head of the house and makes life awful for all the kids that aren't hers, she makes them shave their heads and walk to school (it's a long walk), they can't even visit friends and when Adeline makes a new friend, (Wu Chun-mei) she goes to her birthday party, Niang finds out and she gets whipped.
Wait father... Didn't you disappear after Nai Nai passed away?
Adeline is left at boarding school by Niang, no one comes to visit her for 2 years, until the communists come and Niang's sister takes her to Hong Kong where her family moved. This shows man versus man because it is a struggle or conflict between two characters.
No one wants me
Adeline wants to enter in a international play-playwriting competition, she gets hope from her teachers and the biggest influence of all, Ye Ye who she dedicated her writing to. Before Ye Ye could find out Adeline won he passed away but her family was proud of her.
I can't believe I lost one of the only people who loved me.
The Falling Action
Adeline manages to convinve her father to send her to college in Enlgand (Oxford University) with her brothers.
You can go to England to study but you have to become a doctor!
Adeline receives a letter from Aunt Baba telling her about life and what going. She also puts a story in the letter that is about a Chinese cinderella and how it relates to Adeline and her life.