The Imperfect Human

What makes a person? It is to have every single trait of the person and then put them all together as a whole that makes the person unique. In “The Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan, the main character, a child genius, chess champion Waverly had special characteristics that lead her to the success in chess. Waverly was intelligent, but it changed her and made her not as outgoing in the society.


First, her body language and behavior show how she achieved to her path to succeed in chess. She was patient and obedient; she would bite back her tongue whenever there was something that was hard for her. She was clever, she would observe what others do and take them as a beneficial tip to herself, like in the story, during Christmas how she “watched the older children open their gifts and realize that the big gifts weren’t necessarily the nicest ones” (Tan, 3). She was competitive, facing her opponent, her breath would “come out like an angry smoke” (9). She is enthusiastic, when it was her turn in the competition, she “leapt up” (6). others, she was also polite, she would “clasp my hands under my chin, the delicate points of my elbows poised lightly on the table in the manner my mother had shown me for posing for the press.” (8) And to her achievements, she was really proud and threw back triumphant smiles to her opponents.


However, when dealing with other people, Waverly failed to get along with people around her. Through her speech and her attitude towards others, she was occasionally naughty, as she once tricked a tourist and shrieked with laughter, running away. She won games, but she lost her adversaries. She was inquisitive, but a little over, resulting her brother to be annoyed with her. Like the questions that she asked, “Why? Why can’t they move more steps?” (4) or “But why do they go crossways to take other men? Why aren’t there any women and children?” (4) and it irritated her brothers. This was very relatable to myself, though, because sometimes I just cannot resist the curious over a topic, that I just keep on asking questions, however, if the one being asked is not as patient, then it will be very easy to get them bothered. Nevertheless, at the end of the story, she was acting ignorant and selfish. She disliked how her mother showed off in front of others, but she presented how she felt to her mother in a mean way and made their relationship unpleasant. She told her mother how embarrassing it was to be her daughter and scolded her mother. Waverly was smart in chess, but she was unsuccessful with coping with her peers.


Waverly was a very interesting character, and she was an exceptional person, with both good sides and bad sides of her. She was imperfect, but it was that negative side of her that made her a compelling character.

Found Poem

In the passage The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant, the story tells about how the narrator, a 14-year-old boy, who admires the 17-year-old girl living next door, Sheila Mant. As the narrator gets nearer with Sheila Mant by interacting with her through many different ways, he successfully asks her out, and he decides to row the canoe on the night. As usual, he sets up his rod and was ready for his “destined” love. But during this night, he meets a big bass, the biggest one that he had seen in his whole life. Unfortunately, Sheila Mant’s antipathy towards fishing forced the narrator to make a hard decision for himself. It/s the girl he loves, or the bass. Although he would do anything for Sheila Mant, it was really hard for him to give up his passion of fishing for her. Throughout the whole journey on the canoe, the narrator was filled with anxiety, and as it came to an end, the choice was made. But the second when he cuts the fishing line in half, he soon regrets his actions. Even so, Sheila Mant was displeased and left without turning around. and the spell of Sheila Mant that was casted on him was soon gone. The title of my found poem is “The Epitome of my Mistake” because it represents how the conflict develops between the narrator and Sheila Mant. As she and the narrator contradict each other more and more with their opinions, the narrator has finally relinquished and realizes the catastrophic situation caused by his mistake.