The Red Candle Narrated by: Lindo Jong Siir Tecirlioglu 11A
• Lindo is promised to marry Tyan-yu.• At the age of 16, they get married.• The marriage is represented by a candle which means if it blows out, then the marriage should be canceled.• Lindo does everything to escape this marriage with a man she does not love.• She, at the end, fools everyone by using the ancient Chinese traditions that everyone except her believes in.• After the marriage is canceled, she goes to America.
• An introduction to future events in Lindo’s life.• Explains the characters in detail.• Talks about her freedom, choice, and promises.• How her real mother treated her• How she was treated by her mother-in-law• Lindo talks about her own personality• Some of the Chinese traditions-importance of disgrace, and promises and the process of marriage in China
Why did I choose this section?• It summarizes all the major conflicts that will be explored in detailed later in the story• Great detail on the different characters• All the detail and the use of languageforeshadows the future events that Lindo will experience.• Hints on almost every event except for the conclusion.
• She is treated as a servant in the marriage. – This is the main goal in the choice of brides in China.• Love is not important• Compared to a horsehorses work hard.• Matchmaker is the one who says thisChinese traditionbelief in matchmakers.• (for example, in another story “Like Water for Chocolate”, this is the main aim of Mama Elena)
•The paragraphdescribes the unforgettable look•I dont like Huang Taitaitype of person which you can never please•Future intentionsforeshadowing. İs makes me ask: “what are these intentions?”•The look”is it significant in the future?”•“why did she smile?”•“gold tooth”rich familygives me hint about the Huangsthe word “gold” isconnected to the word “gold” on page 49 (i was wondering why she was mentioninggold on that page)•“swallow me down in one piece”actually she will swallow down yourrightsconnection to the previous paragraph: “...serves you well...”•PenetrateSucceed in forcing a way into or through (a thing)
•The paragraph talks about Tyan-yudetails on this character•Taitaia restaurant in Belgrade. I just realized it.•She was only 2 years old! She has no personal rights or whatesoever•Marrying a guy who is 1 year youngerEW!•Tyan-yufirst time her name is mentioned in the story •-yuseemed very interesting to melt means: “leftover”not a nice way to call your son.•Grandmotherspiritual beliefsis this common in China? Chinese culture?•Tyan-yu is spoiledthere are proofs of this later in the storynot sleeping on the sofa butmaking the girl sleep on that uncomfortable place.•BetrothedThe person to whom one is engaged
•Is Taiyuanese the name of the place they are living in?•Comparing the city traditions and the countrysocietyi asked my self: “WHY? What cuts off the traditions•They are “cut off” from this improvement-it selfish?•Choosing your own daughter-in lawisnt in•Girls have NO CHOICE in Chinadecision is made for thembut i am still not sure if this is onlycommunication? way so that the old tradition continues •İt is done thatfor girls or for children in general, becuase in “willprevious paragraph, in the last sentence, it says•Country is worse than city I asked myself: the she go to the city?” •Did the same thing happen to Taitai?that everyone made thethey are mostly lies) to scare andbe thethe old traditionsdoes lindo•Stories are told sounds honorable for Tyan-yu.it family burial grounds long after the old ladies decisions could keep tradition of deciding own •Doing this (ı think (“sweeping thechildrens’ these? fates.believe inhone to their graves.” had•İn countryold Chinese traditions are a lot more common than in towns. •There is actually a special day for that and it will be mentioned on page 63festival of• slow modernisation. pure brightness.
•The importance of promise in this situationmarriage to Huangs’ son•“PROMISE”the word is the key word in this chapter•Unfair. Harsh. Sad.being have to marry someone you do not love and being treated by yourOWN family as if you belonged to someone elseinsecure. •Own family has given up on you for their traditions•Does lindo like this situation?being treated like you have someone else’s traits andcharacteristics
•Though place to be for the momshe is faking it•She is trying to get used to the fact that her daughter will leave her for anothermother. •Acceptance of mother—in—law as real mother
•The paragraph is talking about Lindoherself•Obedience is very importantthat is why she starts her description with that word•Another example of how the mother already considers Lindo as a part of the Huang family.•İmportance of disgrace in Chinaif Lindo is rejected by her mother-in-lawthen this will be ashame to Lindo’s own family.•She cries on purpose to look uglier (a reaction to what is waiting for her in the future) or is shecrying becuase she is really sad about what her mom just said?•İnterior monologuethe first sentenceshe is thinking to herself.
•There is no way to change what has been promised.•SYMBOL!PROMISE IS A SYMBOLit is a marriage contracta must to do what you aretold/you told.
Conflicts• Even from here, we can see that there are 3 conflicts: – Internal Conflictwhat Lindo wishes to do and what she has to do (promise) – Man vs. SocietyLindo vs the Chinese traditions – Man vs. Fateher fate being decided by others’ choices but she can do nothing about it
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