The Jade Peony Literary Elements

The Jade Peony Literary Elements

Genre

A short story

Setting and Context

The story takes place in Vancouver.

Narrator and Point of View

The story is told from the first point of view by Sek-Lung.

Tone and Mood

The tone is sorrowful. The mood is gloomy. However, it becomes hopeful in the end. Sek-Lung understands that his Grandmama hasn’t left him, since she continues to live in his heart.

Protagonist and Antagonist

Sek-Lung is a protagonist. Death is an antagonist.

Major Conflict

There are two major conflicts. The first one is person vs. self. Sek-Lung has to learn how to subdue his grief. Another conflict is person vs. society. Grandmama can’t adjust to life in Canada; she doesn’t understand this strange country.

Climax

Grandmama’s death is the climax of the story.

Foreshadowing

When Grandmama died at 83 our whole household held its breath.

Understatement

For days she had resisted going into the hospital…a cold, just a cold…
Just "a cold" resulted in death.

Allusions

The story alludes to the Chinese famine of 1942-43 that occurred mainly in Henan.

Imagery

See the imagery section

Paradox

They all loved Grandmama, but she was inconvenient, unsettling.

Parallelism

Her hands worked on their own command, each hand racing with a life of its own: cutting, snapping, braiding, knotting…

Metonymy and Synecdoche

N/A

Personification

He is in this room. He is death.

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