Study Guide

The Woman Warrior Writing Style

By Maxine Hong Kingston

Writing Style

Poetic, Imaginative

Kingston's writing is so majestic and lyrical, that it enchants us. It's not using fancy imagery just to impress anybody. The language helps us to see a different kind of truth. You know how in the chapter "White Tigers," Kingston writes that her warrior training is changing the way she sees? And how that kind of seeing enables her to see people and things as though they were dancing? Well maybe that's what Kingston's way of piecing sentences together does. It's a way of seeing a truth that is like a dancing.