Compare and contrast: the windchime vs the dreamcatcher
A windchime and a dream catcher are the two important items in the short story, The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy, and the personal essay, Story of The Dream Catcher by *. These two objects are made in a similar manner in the two stories, but the function and symbolic meaning are different.
Both, the windchime and the dream catcher, are made with help and also involves a journey. The dream catcher is made by two people: the person to be healed, and the healer. When a person decides to start making a dream catcher, the community supports the family of the person who needs healing by helping them survive without the healing family member. These two people embark on a journey to find materials to make the dream catcher. Materials such as willow branches, sinew, stone, and other items were used. Similarly, Sek-Lung helps Grandmama to make the windchime. The two would go on adventures, digging in trash cans behind alleyways to find ‘treasures’ such as glass fragments and costume jewelry.
Once the objects are made, the two are used in very different ways. The dream catcher is used as a healing aid in a person’s healing journey. It is burnt to mark the end of that journey and to signify that the person is healed. On the contrary, the windchime is made to prepare Grandmama for death. It is hung up when she dies “[her]...