Ever been on a family vacation, and there’s that annoying little cousin of yours, that’s irritating in different levels, but sometimes surprises you. The one that’s just like a coin, 2 sided. That’s how Waverly is; she’s determined, yet in a snotty way.
In the story “Rules of the Game”, by Amy Tan, Amy’s characterization of Waverly sometimes reminds me of myself, but sometimes doesn’t resemble myself.
To find out about Waverly’s characterization, the story gives us major models. One big example showing how persistent she is, is when she’s playing chess, she trains on her own, and her love for the game shows clearly: “[Waverly] carefully drew a handmade chessboard and pinned it to the wall next to [her] bed, where [she] would stare for hours at imaginary battles.” (Tan 5) showing how she’s so dedicated for the game of chess, and how she is captivated with the thought of playing. She’s snotty in the way that she talks, and acts towards her parents, she acts disrespectful and though she is humble about her surroundings, even her mother said to her, “‘bite back your tongue.’” (1) she was astonished by the way Waverly acted in the store, and so not treating her with salted plums.
Waverly, the protagonist, so many ways to describe her character, and I feel as if I can relate to a few of them. I had thought about how she was so infatuated with a hobby of hers, and I could relate in a way: “As I began to play, the boy disappeared, the color ran out of the room, and I saw only my white pieces and his black ones waiting on the other side.” (7) reading this passage, it reminded me of playing soccer, as if it was just the ball and I, with just a few obstacles, and some help. Something I also share with Waverly is her ways towards her parents, when she is occasionally obedient, but not when she’s bratty: “[Waverly] was annoyed, but [she] couldn’t say anything.” (7) reminding me of how I am expected to act in front of my parents, because talking back to a parent is not respectful. I respect her in this scene when she lets her mother be correct, and just be proud of her daughter. Another quote focusing on characterization is from a different point of view, showing us how her attitude affects others, through her brother’s speech, “‘Why is the sky blue? Why must you always ask stupid questions?’” (4) showing how he is frustrated with her curious ways, and her eagerness to learn, and sometimes coming out with complaints instead of questions. This gives me a clear understanding of how the relation between her and her close relatives are.