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MonkeyNotes-The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
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Jiang Huazheng, nicknamed as Peanut, is the new character introduced to the reader. To some extent she is responsible for the marriage between Wen Fu and Weili.

Weili now relates to her daughter the experiences, which eventually takes all her innocence and replaces it with maturity. All the blissful moments of her life have gone with the disappearance of her mother.

Now, she has come to a place, Tsungming Island, where her life changes dramatically. Favoritism breeds in this new house, where the elders of the house foster an indifferent attitude to her and are always partial to Peanut, her cousin. Therefore although Weili and Peanut are cousins, Peanut is always the loved while one whereas Weili can only expect bitter criticism. Weili feels no sense of belonging in such a hostile atmosphere. The Chinese New Year is the time when there is much excitement in the house. Even though Weili is one year older to Peanut, New Aunt hands over the money for the shopping to Peanut. Peanut and Weili, along with Little Gao and Little Gong, go to the marketplace, which is bursting with festivity.

After her motherís mysterious disappearance, the entry of Wen Fu in Weiliís life informs the reader about the major change that is to come in the chain of events. Wen Fu is a bold actor who has a personality, which appeals to the youngsters. He also knows the skill of attracting the attention of the girls (Peanut and Weili). A parallel can be drawn between Wen Fu emergence and the prediction of the fortuneteller. The girls are ardent believers of such fortunetellers. This particular fortuneteller who Peanut approaches predicts a bright future for her, as she pays the fortuneteller well. In the case of Weili however the prediction is grim, as she has no money of her own to bribe the fortuneteller so that she can predict a better future for her. This luck factor is a recurrent motif throughout the story. The emergence of Wen Fu in the guise of a dragon symbolizes the devilish role that he is going to play in Weiliís life.


One however does not understand his true nature from his behavior towards the girls. He prefers Peanut who is ostensibly dressed. The girls are too naïve to sense anything fishy about him. Though not really handsome Wen Fu is elegantly dressed. Weili particularly likes the way in which he manages to bring people under his spell. Nevertheless, she dislikes Wen Fuís partiality to Peanut, which she knows that he is purposely showing in order to make her green with envy. Eventually Weili becomes the major factor, who makes it possible for their love to flourish. She is the one who carries Wen Fuís messages to Peanut and vice versa. But due to the interference of a relative, there is a major twist and one fine morning Weili discovers that Wen Fu has proposed marriage to her instead of Peanut. Winnie makes it clear to her daughter that she was not the one who was responsible for the turn of events. Weili feels that Peanut should not hold any grudges against her in this matter. But later Weili realizes that Peanut is only too pleased that Wen Fu has gone out of her life for now she can have a better, more prosperous life- partner.

Weiliís initial reaction to Wen Fuís proposal is sheer ecstasy. For her, it is like a dream come true, as if she has Ďwon a big prize.í Frankly, Weili has no true love for Wen Fu. At this point of time, Wen Fu symbolizes a hope, a ray of light. She sees this as a golden opportunity to escape from her present desperate position. Only later does Weili realize that at that time she had just felt happy, and that happiness has no direct links with true love for a person. Weiliís observations about Wen Fu at their first encounter at the market place as, Ďso bold, so clever, funny and daringí were not enough reasons to get married to him. But at that point of time, Weili considered herself to be the luckiest person on earth.

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