Would You Give Up Your Soul? by Lexi

Gene Luen Yang tells the reader in his book American Born Chinese that it is wrong to change who you are to fit in and be acceptable. The Herbalist’s wife says “ It’s easy to become anything you wish, so long as you’re willing to forfeit your soul,” page 29. This she means that you can do anything you want to do, so long as you’re willing to give up the things and people you love the most. Your soul is made up of all of your family, friends, important traditions, and your background culture. They are what make you who you are. It would be wrong to give up a part of your self to become something you’re not, just to impress others. For example, at the beginning of the book we see Jin eating dumplings, but soon changes to eating sandwiches.  A person might give their soul up to do something that nobody else is okay with, or they might do it to make everybody happy. Another example being when the Monkey King changes himself to prove to the Gods he is worthy of their party. Jin loses his soul, his best friend Wei Chin when he transforms into Danny on page 198, but at the end of the book, the Monkey Kings brings his soul back by telling him where to find Wei Chen, on page 224.   

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American Born Chinese, Page 32

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American Born Chinese, page 37

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