One of the most complicated and hard thing in the world is people. What that person is like, how do their mind work and the words that describe people is different from each person to the other person. None other people have the except personality. Waverly who appears in the “Rules of Game” is not an expectation. In every single story, the plot has the main influence on the personality of the main character. Also, it isn’t just about the personality, it is the lesson or the oral that the story passes on to other people. That is the great thing about books is that no matter what kind of book or story it is there is something you can take away or earn it. In the story “Rules of the Game” Waverly is a disobedient, knowledgeable, and a competitive girl throughout the story.
First Waverly was a disobedient girl in the story. Many people say that Waverly was an obedient girl who listened to her mother but Waverly actually was a disobedient girl. In the story, Waverly asked her mother about Chinese torture. When Waverly asked her mother about it she knew she was being wicked and what Waverly refers as a “sly thought.” “I had a sly though. I asked her, “Ma, what is Chinese torture?” (Tan,1 & 2) “…how wicked I was being.” (2) Later in the story during Christmas, Vincent received a chess piece. Her mother thinking it was too good and said to his son to throw it away, Waverly’s brother Vincent didn’t throw away the set because he has the deaf ear. Waverly who has normal ears also disobeyed her mother and watched her two brothers play chess. “Mother told Vincent to throw away the chess set away.” “…watched Vincent and Winston play…” (2)
Second, Waverly not only was she disobedient but she also was very competitive and liked to bet. In the middle of the story when Waverly started winning her brother and lost her adversaries, she challenged an old man down the street. She keeps losing but as times go by she became better and better at chess. “I lost my adversaries.” (3) “I came back to the park and approached a man who was observing the game. “Want to play?” I asked him. His face widened with surprise and he grinned as he looked at the box under my arm.” (3) When Waverly became more advanced and more a champion in chess, she went to her first tournament. At the first tournament, she concentrated really hard which caused her to win it. “I won all games, in all divisions.” (4)
Last but not least, Waverly was very a hardworking and smart person. Waverly was disobedient and competitive but that doesn’t mean that she was a bad girl. Waverly was also and knowledgeable and a very hardworking person. Not only in chess but she was also intelligence in many different areas. When Vincent got the chess piece, Waverly didn’t get the rules in chess. When her mother and her brothers told Waverly to find on her own, she actually went to the library and researched on her own. She read books and did research about different rules and techniques that could be used in chess. “…found out about all the whys later. … read the rules and looked up all the big words in a dictionary. … borrowed books … studied each chess piece… absorb the power each contained.” (3) At the end of the story, Waverly finds the solution between the psychological battle her mother and herself. Her mother is using Waverly’s fame and glory for herself. She would do anything for Waverly to win the tournament. Her mother is using Waverly like she is the puppet for her. When Waverly runs away from her mother and comes back, her mother doesn’t care about her because Waverly is only her puppet that will make herself prouder and have more fame. In the end, Waverly founds out the knowledge and planes her next move in the battle ” …my head, I saw a chessboard with sixty-four black and white squares. Opposite me was my opponent, two angry black slits. She wore a triumphant smile. “Strongest wind cannot be seen,” she said.” “I closed my eyes and pondered my next move. “(6)
“Strongest wind cannot be seen.” In life, not everything goes around as you want. In the story “Rules of the Game” Waverly’s mother tells Waverly that the Strongest wind cannot be seen. In the story, Strongest wind represents herself, her power, freedom. When Waverly was in the tournament the wind was telling its secrets, and motivate her so she could win. As she runs away her winds tell her that she should stand up for herself which she does. “Strongest wind cannot be seen.” Means that the strongest people have their own sense about who they truly are and their own What if Waverly was obedient would she have run away? Would she have learned the true meaning about what it means by “Strongest wind cannot be seen.”? No, she wouldn’t have. Every story is affected by the main character. Waverly is the one that changes the character from the normal Chinese girl to the famous chess champion and at last the girl that grew up with her mother’s harsh behavior. It was Waverly’s disobedient, competitive, and yet a hardworking girl personality that changed the story “Rules of the Game.”