In ?the hundred secret senses? by Amy Tan, it slowly shows how Olivia?s character portrays the sister she was cut out to be. Amy Tan makes the readers recognize how Olivia treated her half-sister, Kwan and also how she progressed with her relationship towards Kwan. Olivia somewhat treated Kwan with disrespect, for example, she would tell her stupid meanings of things that did not make sense because she felt irritated or annoyed by her company. Olivia basically only thought of her own needs and was deeply frustrated with Kwan living with the family but there would be times when Olivia would feel for her and treat her with respect.
In the beginning of the story, Olivia was very young and confused. She had lost her father at such a young age and did not understand why he had died. Her father?s last wish to the mother was to look for his daughter, Kwan, whom he has not seen and bring her to live in America. Kwan was not that excited about having a new sister living in the house. She thought that her mother would have less time for her. Kwan?s relationship with Olivia was thought to be wonderful for her. On the other hand, Olivia was practically annoyed and irritated by Kwan and her stories. Their relationship grew in ways that were unexplainable because of Olivia?s actions towards Kwan. But I thought those actions of hers was her way of saying that she loved Kwan very much!
Kwan was more like a mother for Olivia since her mom was hardly around. Kwan took care of Olivia through out the whole story. Olivia tried to be distant with Kwan as they grew older but Kwan always insisted on getting together or just making surprise visits.
The tremendous outcome where Kwan and Olivia?s relationship with each other even more or it deepened was when they had gone to China (Simon, Kwan, and Olivia) together. A terrible thing had happened when they had arrived in China and were on their way to Changmain to visit ?Big Ma? and the rest of Kwan?s family or close friends. Big Ma had gotten into an accident along with others who were also on the same bus with her. Big Ma had answers for Kwan and Olivia that they wanted to know. Having this happen, Kwan became quiet but yet still calm.
Another tragedy also happened that shut down Olivia and made her become a little on the crazy side was when she thought Simon was lost or dead. Kwan and Olivia?s relationship grew even closer than you can imagine. They camped out together hoping and waiting for Simon to appear and in that time being they were bonding with each other. Olivia recognized the love for her sister.