the rules of Waverly.

In The Rules of The Game by Amy Tan, Waverly plays an inquisitive child who regularly is perceived as curious in many situations when she comes across something new. Waverly’s character is “touted as the great American hope; a child prodigy” (Tan 330). One learns straight away that she wills herself to learn more about the wonders of the world. She acknowledges straight away the tactics of chess: “why it is essential in the endgame to have foresight, a mathematical understanding of all possible moves” (337). By immediately asking several questions to get the end goal of the game called chess, it makes her want to know more than a typical eight year old can comprehend. Her family doesn’t have the same intent. This is proven when she wants to know how the rules of chess are formed, her brother replies with, “why must you always ask stupid questions (336). She also shows her passion for adventure when her “heart pound[s] with hope” (333) from the Caucasian man who she wills to chase her through the streets. All in all, Waverly can be identified as a bright child who wants to learn more at every chance she gets and her curious nature and sense of adventure play a big role.

I had the pleasure of visiting my younger cousin around mid-summer holiday. We’d spend hours talking on our car drives around the city, sometimes we’d play I spy and on other days we’d simply sing our hearts out while our parents laughed in the front seats. Often though, there was one question the little girl of seven would always ask. “Why?” The first time she’d asked we were heading our way forward to an amusement park, and she blurted out “Why do we go to amusement parks?” and I sat dumbfounded. Maybe it was the need to have the thrill and adventure in our lives? To find something that makes us feel truly alive? After a few days, we added a new game to our things to do in the car. Asking why. I believe that while I am no child prodigy at chess and I don’t fully understand the rules and the skills that are needed to play chess well. I still believe that Waverly and I have this one thing in common; To know more and gain knowledge.

When she asks, “why can’t they move more steps?” (336), I struggle to find a reason on why do different parts of the world speak different languages.

When she persists and retorts, “But why do they go crossways to take other men?” (336), I want to find out why we live in a galaxy called the Milky Way.

Determined to get an answer she goes “Why aren’t there any women and children?”, determined to understand I ask why do we need money to keep order in the world.

Whether Waverly is a fictional character or not, asking why is a very human act. Asking why is what encourages us to go find and learn more and it is a trait many people share.

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