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.