“ We keep moving forward, opening doors, and doing things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths” – Walt Disney Waverly Jong, the main character in “ Rules of the Game” is a curious and intelligent girl. She is best at playing chess and it all happened when she was 7 years old. Waverly and I may be diverse, however we have similarities.


Waverly is a unique girl, but before she was interested in chess she was like any other girl: ‘ “I shouted, “Guts and duck’s feet and octopus gizzards!” Then I ran off with my friends, shrieking with laughter as we scampered across the alley” (Tan 2) ’. The quote shows us that Waverly was filled with excitement. Waverly has two brothers and is the only daughter in the family. Her family lives in San Francisco, Chinatown, a completely different environment from China. Compared to me, I am living miles and miles away in Beijing. But we are both Chinese, our appearances look alike, “thick black hair” (2), we have siblings, and we are both called “Mei Mei.” During the Christmas party, Waverly wasn’t like any other child. “Having watched the older children opening their gifts, I already knew that the big gifts were not necessarily the nicest ones.” (3). She observed how all the other kids picked their presents and what was inside. She noticed that the smaller box had better gifts than the bigger ones. This indicates that Waverly thinks outside of the box and doesn’t think like the other kids.


‘ “Ma, what is Chinese torture?” ’(2) Waverly is always asking questions because she is curious, even when her family gets furious, she still continues to question her family. Later on in the book, her brother Vincent gets a chessboard for Christmas. She trades lifesavers to play chess with him. While Vincent was explaining the rules Waverly kept asking: ‘ “Why?” I asked as I moved my pawn. “Why can’t they move more steps?” “Because they’re pawns,” he said. “But why do they go crossways to take other men? Why aren’t there any women and children?” ’ (4) Waverly’s curiosity may be hard to handle, but her mother said something that inspired her, ‘ “They say, Don’t know why, you find out yourself. But they knowing all the time. Better you take it, find out why yourself.” ’ (5) To learn and play by the rules, Waverly took her mother’s suggestion and she: ‘ borrowed books from the Chinatown library. I studied each chess piece, trying to absorb the power each contained. ’ (5) Everyday she learn something new, new moves, creating plans, and patience. Mostly importantly she found out that the game of chess are full of secrets that you should never tell.


Playing chess is not one of my specialties. Unlike the sophisticated girl, Waverly, I am not as clever as her, but we are both curious. She asks questions and always wonders. All the questions she asks are things that she is curious about. Similarly, my parent’s think that I question argue and talk too much. On the other hand, I disagree. Last year in 7th grade, I was talking to my dad. I asked him if he believed in God and if God made the earth in 7 days. He said he believed in it and I asked why. He didn’t know the reason why so I told him what I thought, “ I think that it is impossible. I believe that there was earth because of the Big Bang.” I spent a few minuets telling him other reasons about my opinion. At the end I asked one last question, “Why do other people believe that God made the earth.” This was when he got annoyed and angry and sent me to my bedroom and to sleep. Even to this day, I always wondered the reason why.

By reading this passage about comparing Waverly and I, you can see the differences and similarities that we have. Waverly is smart, cunning, polite, and obedient girl; who is passionate about playing chess. I, on the other hand is the opposite of Waverly. Yet all these differences, we have similarities. Chinese, thick black hair, siblings, and we are both curious about various topics in this world.