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MonkeyNotes-The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
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The war time crisis as faced by Weili portrays her as a strong but sympathetic person. She too, along with the other pilot wives was anxious about the safety and security of their husbands. Weili is genuinely empathetic with the other ladies who had been widowed. But she is misunderstood by Hulan who misinterprets empathy for inviting bad luck and death for their husbands too. Hulanís sharp words hurt Weili. To make them understand her point, she pleads, "Practical is not the same as bad luck thinking."

"Stuck in my dress, stuck in my marriage, stuck with Hulan as my friend." These feelings expressed by Weili reveal her true predicament. She stitches a beautiful green dress for herself but when she tries to wear it, she gets stuck in it due to her advanced stage of pregnancy. This is what triggers this outburst, "Stuck in my dress, stuck..." Weili is just not able to comprehend, as to why is it that she gets stuck with everything, that is, why is it that there is no escape for her from various things. Why are the relationships that she forms, be it of a friend or a wife, so incomplete and imperfect.

As the war progresses, the spirits of the pilotís decline, that is, constant fear of death replaces their hopes for victory. To ease such tense, troubled minds, Weili organizes elaborate feasts each time the pilots return from their flights. The first time she gives the dinner, the number of pilots is fourteen. But the number dwindles rapidly as the war progresses. The pilots have never tasted such delicacies in their lifetimes. Therefore the evenings that they spend at Wen Fuís house, are memorable events for them. They are grateful to Weili and consider Wen Fu to be lucky for having such a gracious lady for his wife.


At this point Winnie confesses to her daughter about a very special relationship that she had shared with a young pilot, Gan. Gan is one of the pilots who come to her house for the feasts. Weili is emotionally drawn to Gan. But in those days, even such thoughts were seen as signs of infidelity. Though young, Gan is a mature person. Though he is attracted towards the kind and loving Weili, he always maintains a distance from her, as he knows his limits. In fact, Gan gives a special meaning to Weiliís incomplete life. For the first time Weili across a man who is capable of caring for her and is a well-mannered gentleman. Weili cannot help comparing her cruel, animal-like husband Wen Fu with the caring, kind-hearted and sincere pilot, Gan. Wen Fu can only bully people, assert his power and dominate the pilots. When the time comes to really display his strength and abilities, he turns out to be a coward. While most of his co-pilots are killed, Wen Fu is smart enough to shield himself from the dangers. Winnie clearly remembers the day when Gan had last come to their house; a few days after that he too died a painful death. That day, he sees how Wen Fu mistreats Weili. Later, Gan had says to Weili, "You see yourself only in a mirror. But I see you the way you can never see yourself, all the pure things, neither good nor bad.í Though the relationship between Gan and Weili does not last long because of his death, it leaves a tremendous impact on her life. Although their relationship was devoid of any commitment, somewhere deep in their psyche they were one. Their similar compassionate attitude had drawn them closer to each other. Weiliís encounter with Gan gives her a better understanding of herself and also of the fact that, all men are not like her husband. Gan embodies the other dimension of the male, devoid of only sexual impulses and full of love, kindness, and compassion. Ganís death creates a deep void in her life. The deep sorrow and emptiness that she experiences can be compared to the desperateness, which she had felt on the disappearance of her mother. For Winnie, Gan became like a Ďghost lover.í When she thinks about him after his death, she deeply regrets the fact that she was not able to respond to her innermost feelings of love for him.

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