Giving Up Your Soul by Elliot

In Gene Luen Yang‘s book American Born Chinese, the main character Jin, meets the Herbalist’s wife at the beginning of book and she says “It’s easy to become anything you wish, so long as you’re willing to forfeit your soul”. This quote means that you can be anything you want as long as you give up who you really are. It’s not necessarily wrong to change who you are because it helps you discover who you really are. In the book, the first character we meet, Monkey King, learns a lesson about finding yourself because he changed to try to be a god. Monkey King learned that he who he was after the monk, Wong Lai-Tsao, saves him from a mountain of rock by telling him to just be who he is. Monkey King accepts who he really was and then went on to be an emissary to Tze-Yo-Tzuh. Jin gave up everything, including his real friends, just to become popular. Jin tried to run away from the person he really was by changing into a white boy, in doing this Jin left his true friend, Wei-Chen, behind. Once he was white, Jin kept switching schools because he couldn’t accept his Asian heritage. American Born Chinese is a book all about change and this quote helps portray what the whole book is about.image

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