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The Woman Warrior Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

By Maxine Hong Kingston

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

As a memoir, The Woman Warrior doesn't fit any of Booker's plot types. Kingston does combine bits of each of Booker's narrative structures; "White Tigers" certainly involves a quest, Kingston talks about her travels away and back to home like a voyage and return plot, and there's definitely comedy and tragedy. All in all, though, Kingston's stories break the mold by offering multiple story lines and voices that show how identity always involves more than just one "I."