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Mother-daughter Relationships - The relationship between parents and their children is one of the most basic human interactions. Mothers and daughters provide both physical and emotional care for their young sons and daughters. In the process, parents will instill children with family values and goals, while teaching them the accepted norms and values of society. This is done in hope that parents will one day see their own children become mature adults, with their own goals and purposes in life.      Mother-daughter relationships can be complex, but also filled with compassion and love....   [tags: Mother-Daughter Relationships]
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The Mother and Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Mother and Daughter Struggle in The Joy Luck Club      The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, illustrates what life is like for many foreigners in America who are trying to give their child the opportunities they most likely did not have themselves as children.  The story touches on a very common struggle in America, that between mother and daughter, in which the daughter never feels good enough for her mother.  Also present is the struggle Jing-Mei has with herself.             Jing-Mei's mother has her mind set on making her daughter a prodigy of some kind.  She constantly presses Jing-Mei to do better and be better at whatever activity she participates, but why is she doing this?  There are a...   [tags: Mother Daughter Relationships]
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Mother-Daughter Relationships: A Feminist Overview - Al-Mosaed, Nora F. "Mother-Daughter Relationships: A Feminist Overview." Journal of the Social Sciences 31.3 (2003): 707-729. Sociological Abstracts. Print. Nora Al-Mosaed’s “Mother-Daughter Relationships: A Feminist Overview” argues that sexism and unequal treatment towards women in a patriarchal society negatively impacts the behavior and relationship between mothers and daughters. Al-Mosaed describes a study conducted where 173 female college students were questioned about their relationships with their mothers; of the most notable information collected, married daughters reported having a better relationship with their mothers while divorced daughters cited a much more negative r...   [tags: Analysis, Al-Mosaed] 2224 words
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Mother-Daughter Conflict in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club -     We live in a mobile and global world with the development of the technology. Still America continues to be the symbol of the land of freedom and of opportunity. Arriving to America, the Chinese immigrants who come from a traditional, structured, old world struggle to find a balance in a modern and dynamic new world. In order to realize the American dream, the first generation of immigrants have to learn the language, acquire education, and assimilate into the dominant culture. They courageously leave the past behind except what they carry in their memory....   [tags: Mother Daughter Relationships]
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Mother Daughter Relationships - The Mother-daughter Relationship in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Mother-Daughter Relationships in The Joy Luck Club In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan explores mother-daughter relationships, and at a lower level, relationships between friends, lovers, and even enemies. The mother-daughter relationships are most likely different aspects of Tan's relationship with her mother, and perhaps some parts are entirely figments of her imagination. In this book, she presents the conflicting views and the stories of both sides, providing the reader--and ultimately, the characters--with an understanding of the mentalities of both mother and daughter, and why each one is the way she is....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays] 821 words
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The Strain of Mother-Daughter Relationships in Annie John - The Strain of Mother-Daughter Relationships in Annie John Jamaica Kincaid accurately portrays how adolescence can strain mother- daughter relationships. The mother- daughter relationships are universal but "it is not clear why we avoid the topic"(Gerd). The father- daughter relationships and the mother- sons relationships are the issues mostly talked about. In Jamaica Kincaid's novel, Annie John, she explains and gives insight into mother- daughter relationships. In Annie John, there are events that make people think about their relationship with their own mother....   [tags: Jamaica Kincaid]
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Mother Daughter Relationships - The Mother-daughter Relationship in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - The Mother-daughter Relationship in The Joy Luck Club        In The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, the characters Suyuan and June have a mother-daughter relationship fraught with conflict, but ultimately rooted in deep love and commitment for one another. Because of drastic differences in the environments in which they were raised and in their life experiences, these two women have many opposing ideas and beliefs. This coupled with their lack of communication are responsible for many of the problems they encounter during the course of their relationship....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Mother Daughter Relationships - The Mother-daughter Relationship in Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club - Daughters and Mothers in The Joy Luck Club Children, as they become adults, become more appreciative of their parents. In The Joy Luck Club, the attitudes of four daughters toward their mothers change as the girls mature and come to realize that their mothers aren't so different after all. As children, the daughters in this book are ashamed of their mothers and don't take them very seriously, dismissing them as quirky and odd. "I could never tell my father . . . How could I tell him my mother was crazy?" (p....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays] 975 words
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Mother-Daughter Relationships in Everyday Use, by Alice Walker and Two Kinds, by Amy Tan - No two mother and daughter relationships are alike. After reading “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker and “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan I realized that the two stories had the same subject matter: mother and daughter relationships. These two stories show different cultures, generations and parenting methods. Although the two mothers act differently, they are both ultimately motivated by the same desire: to be a good parent. In addition, while researching related articles, I realized that there were two recurring themes of mothers and daughters: respect and diverse ways of parenting....   [tags: Everyday Use, Two Kinds]
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The Significance of Mother-Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club - The Significance of Mother-Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club In her novel The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan tells of the lives of four Chinese immigrant mothers, their hopes, their dreams and the way each of their daughters feel about their mother's lives.  Mother-daughter relationships are the basis for the entire story.  Tan shows the hardships each mother experiences as a child and young adult, and how they all want better lives for their daughters.  She shows the struggles between the mothers and the daughters;  these struggles result from many different things, from the cultural gap, to dreams and goals that may have been set too high.  Each daughter knows her mother mean...   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Improving Mother/Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club - Improving Mother/Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club One day everything is going great, in fact things could not be better and then you say something and your friend turns to you and says “oh my god, you sounded just like your mother”.  That is when you freak out and think to yourself it is true I am turning into my mother.  This is every daughters worst nightmare come true.  When a young girl is growing up her mother always says and does things that the girl vows she will never say and do but she does.  Very rarely do we see cases of women wanted to be like their mother but it usually happens even if they do not want it to.  In the book The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan tells st...   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Mother and Daughter Relationships in Joy Luck Club and A Hundred Secret Senses - Mother and Daughter Relationships in The Joy Luck Club and A Hundred Secret Senses     In life, many things can be taken for granted - especially the things that mean the most to you. You just might not realize it until you've lost it all. As I walk down the road finishing up my teenage days, I slowly have been finding a better understanding of my mother. The kind of bond that mothers and daughters have is beyond hard to describe. It's probably the biggest rollercoaster ride of emotions that I'll ever have the chance to live through in my lifetime....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Complexity of Mother and Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club - The Complexity of Mother and Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club     Since the beginning of time the mother and daughter relationship has been complex.  The book The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan is a great example of the mother and daughter relationship.  In the book Amy Tan writes about four women who migrate to America from China.  All of the women were in search of a better life since the lives they had in China were not what they wanted for themselves.  Even though all of the women did not know each other until they met in America, they all share the same horrible memories of their past.  The book mainly focuses on the expectations, hopes, and dreams that the women and their...   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Mother-Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club - Mother-Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club    In the Joy Luck Club, the author Amy Tan, focuses on mother-daughter relationships. She examines the lives of four women who emigrated from China, and the lives of four of their American-born daughters. The mothers: Suyuan Woo, An-Mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-Ying St. Clair had all experienced some life-changing horror before coming to America, and this has forever tainted their perspective on how they want their children raised. The four daughters: Waverly, Lena, Rose, and Jing-Mei are all Americans....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Mother Daughter Relationships in works by Chang Rae-Lee and Amy Tan - The Power of a Mother In their articles, Chang Rae-Lee and Amy Tan establish a profound ethos by utilizing examples of the effects their mother-daughter/mother-son relationships have had on their language and writing. Lee’s "Mute in an English-Only World" illustrates his maturity as a writer due to his mother’s influence on growth in respect. Tan, in "Mother Tongue," explains how her mother changed her writing by first changing her conception of language. In any situation, the ethos a writer brings to an argument is crucial to the success in connecting with the audience; naturally a writer wants to present himself/herself as reliable and credible (Lunsford 308)....   [tags: Chang Rae Lee Amy Tan]
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Mother Daughter Relationships - Daughter Pushed to the Brink in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - A Daughter Pushed to the Brink in Joy Luck Club      In Amy Tan's novel, Joy Luck Club, the mother of Jing-mei recognizes only two kinds of daughters: those that are obedient and those that follow their own mind. Perhaps the reader of this novel may recognize only two types of mothers: pushy mothers and patient mothers.  The two songs, "Pleading Child" and "Perfectly Contented," which the daughter plays, reinforce the underlying tension in the novel. These songs represent the feelings that the daughter, Jing-mei, has had throughout her life....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays Amy Tan Papers]
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Mother Daughter Relationships - Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Mothers and Daughters in Joy Luck Club Amy Tan's novel, The Joy Luck Club, explores the relationships and experiences of four Chinese mothers and four Chinese-American daughters. The difference in upbringing of those women born during the first quarter of this century in China, and their daughters born in California, is undeniable. From the beginning of the novel, you hear Suyuan Woo tell the story of "The Joy Luck Club," a group started by some Chinese women during World War II, where "we feasted, we laughed, we played games, lost and won, we told the best stories....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays] 621 words
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Mother Daughter Relationships - Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Mothers and Daughters in The Joy Luck Club The first three stories in this section are talking about the relationship between mothers and daughters and the last one is concluding the whole book "The Joy Luck Club".  By examining this section, there is one moral in these four stories, which is the relationship between daughters and mothers, is very strong and mothers and daughters have similar fate and face.  The plots in these four stories can prove the moral above.  In "Magpies", when An-mei hsu thinks about her daughter's marriage is fallen apart, she recalls her mother and how she followed her mother to Tientsin.  An-mei also recalls the conflict between her mother, Wu Tsing and Sec...   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays] 529 words
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Mother Daughter Relationships - Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Mothers and Daughters in The Joy Luck Club Although mothers and daughters are genetically related, sometimes they seem like complete strangers. When immigrants raise their children in America, there is a great concern for these parents that American culture will negatively affect their children. In the novel, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, four mothers try to instill their Asian culture into their daughters' lifestyle; however, these daughters rebel against them, due to their desire to assimilate themselves into American culture....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays] 547 words
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Mother and Daughter Relationships Exposed in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Relationships Between Mothers and Daughters Exposed in The Joy Luck Club         Amy Tan's novel, The Joy Luck Club is one that is truly amazing and a joy to read. There are a number of issues at work in the novel, the most obvious one is the exploration of relationships between mothers and daughters. Unfortunately, for these four sets of mothers and daughters, there is not only a generational gap between them, but a cultural one as well. Tan reveals these rifts, and their love for one another, in much the same way William Faulkner or Toni Morrison let us glimpse their characters lives instead of telling us their stories....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Mother Daughter Relationships - Family Relations in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Family Relations in The Joy Luck Club       One passage, from the novel The Joy Luck Club, written by Amy Tan, reveals the complex relations and emotions that are involved in families. This passage concerns the story of four Chinese women and their daughters.  The author leads the reader through the experiences of the mothers as they left China and came to America.  The daughters have been raised in America, as Americans.  This is what the mothers had wanted although it also causes them great distress.  This is illustrated in the passage I have chosen....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Mother Daughter Relationships - Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club - Understanding the Mothers and Daughters of The Joy Luck Club   Amy Tan's novel, The Joy Luck Club explores a variety of mother-daughter relationships between the characters, and at some level, relationships between friends, lovers, and even enemies.  The mother-daughter relationships are most likely the different aspects of Amy Tan's relationship with her mother, and perhaps, some parts are entirely figments of her imagination.  Therefore, Amy Tan believes that ramification of cultures and tradition between a family can be burdensome and cause the family tree to fall apart....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays] 751 words
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Two Kinds by Amy Tan - Two Kinds is a story about mother-daughter relationship – Suyuan and Jing-mei. Suyuan believed that America is where her dreams will be fulfilled. She thought that her daughter, Jing-mei, would be the one to realize them. Jing-mei, on the other hand, was a confused child at first. She was led to believe that she can be someone. At first, she followed her mother, but when she felt that her mother was already forcing her and stealing her youth, she told herself that it was the end. The story is a clash between two individuals from two different generations and beliefs (Suyuan who basically grew up in China; and Jing-mei who was born and raised in United States)....   [tags: mother, daughter, family, relationships]
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Mother Daughter Relationships - Learning from Mother in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Learning from Mother in The Joy Luck Club      "I have already experienced the worst. After this, there is no worst possible thing" (Amy Tan 121). Throughout The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan tells stories of how mothers use the misfortunes in their lives, to try to teach their daughters about life. Many of the mothers had bad experiences in their pasts and do not want to see their daughters live through the same types of problems. They try to make their daughters' lives as easy and problem free as possible....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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A Mother's Love and a Daughter's Growth - A Mother’s Love and a Daughter’s Growth Many times love is thought of in terms of relationships with someone of the opposite sex. It often times includes emotional as well as physical attraction. Amy Tan’s novel, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, examines the love that takes another form: the love between a parent and child. In a heartfelt examination of the relationship between mother and daughter, Amy Tan brings to life the feeling of love a daughter often takes for granted in the relationship with her mother....   [tags: The Bonesetter's Daughter Amy Tan Essays]
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Mother-Daughter Relationship and Mother Figure - Edna O'Brien was born in County Clare in the 1930. As a young girl O'Brien would of been accustom to the rules of de Valera's 1937 constitution ‘which enshrined the family as the foundation of the nation and depended centrally on submissive domestic femininity.’ (Obert, Pg.284) women where not to work outside of there role as homemaker as they would then not be contributing to society in the way the constitution demanded. The mother daughter relationship is of significance in Edna O'Briens writting perhaps because of her own experiences of how the state repressed women (as mentioned above) but also religios factors and mythological....   [tags: sexuality, Ireland, feminity, women]
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The Mother Daughter Relationship and Self-Image - Living in a world characterized by its fixation with appearance, it is no wonder that children, especially girls, are learning to distrust and abuse their bodies. Susan Williams defines the structure of female gender with the idea of a “gender regime”—or the concept that gender is fluid and specific to time and place (Williams 31). As one such environment, family life contains strong parental influences capable of drastically altering the gendered spaces and therefore gender perception of children....   [tags: Body Image]
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The Relationship Between Mother and Daughter in "The Rule of the Game" - “The Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan is about Waverly Jong mother taught her the art of invisible strength when she was six years old, saying that it is a strategy for winning arguments and respect. At Christmas Waverly and her brothers received gifts from donations of members from another church. Waverly convinced her brothers, Winston and Vincent, to let her play chess by offering two of her life savers to stand in for the missing pieces. Waverly began playing with Lau Po, an old man who played chess in the park....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Mother-Daughter Conflict Illustrated in The Joy Luck Club - The book The Joy Luck Club is a novel written by Amy Tan, who is very famous in writing about mother-daughter relationships. There are four pairs of mothers and daughters whose stories are told in The Joy Luck Club. All of the mothers were born in China and came to America because of some kind of problem, but their daughters were born in the United States. Due to the fact that the daughters were born in the United States, they are extremely Americanized. Consequently, they do not value the Chinese heritage which their mothers valued dearly....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 635 words
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The Mother Daughter Relationship in The Kitchen God's Wife - The Mother Daughter Relationship in The Kitchen God's Wife       Relationships mold people's thoughts and the way they live their lives. One very important relationship is the relationship between parents and their children. Parents are the first teachers of children. The most significant lesson one learns from them is love. When a baby is first born it instantly will feel love from the mother. A mother loves and nurtures her baby while it is still in her womb making the relationship between a mother and her child stronger than any other relationship....   [tags: Kitchen God's Wife]
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Mother Is Always Right in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Instead of beating around the bush Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club exposes the not so chipper relationships between Chinese mothers and their polar opposite Chinese-American daughters. The mothers struggle to express the importance of their Chinese heritage while also keeping balance with “good” American characteristics to their daughters; while the daughters struggle with their identities and relationships with others. The Joy Luck Club is written as a collection of flashbacks told by the Chinese mothers and their American daughters....   [tags: chinese, culture, daughter]
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Family Life, Mother-Daughter Relationship, and Psychological Impact in Toni Morrison’s, Beloved - In Beloved, Toni Morrison talks about family life, mother-daughter relationships, and the psychological impact from slavery. This particular book was based on a small slave family in Cincinnati, Ohio after the American Civil War (Deck). Seven people lived in the small house at 124 Bluestone Road (Morrison 2). The 3 in the address is missing because the third child out of the four children is dead. The seven people that live in the house were: Sethe, Halle, Denver, one of the daughters of Sethe and Halle, Baby Suggs, Beloved, who was murdered by her mother when she was only two years of age, Howard and Buglar, who were the sons of Sethe and Halle (Morrison 2)....   [tags: story analysis]
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Investigating Father-Son and Mother-Daughter Bonding - Investigating Father-Son and Mother-Daughter Bonding INTRODUCTION The study that I will be conducting for my Psychology coursework will be on, parental bonding, specifically on mother/daughter and father/son relationships. My question is “Do fathers bond better with their sons rather than their daughters, and do mothers bond better with their daughters rather than sons?” John Bowlby was a psychoanalyst that worked from 1940 to 1080. He had a theory that attachment is innate in both infants and mothers....   [tags: Papers] 1998 words
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The Relationship Between Mother and Daughter in James Cain’s Mildred Pierce - The Relationship Between Mother and Daughter in James Cain’s Mildred Pierce I have always been of the belief that in order to truly love, hate must exist within the core of the relationship. Nowhere in modern fiction is this dictum examined more accurately than in the novel by James Cain, Mildred Pierce. Looking at the concept in a familial context, James Cain has created two well-developed characters, Mildred Pierce and her daughter, Veda, that not only emphasizes the nature of mother-daughter relationships, but looks at how love and hate permeates the very essence of the relationship....   [tags: Mildred Pierce Essays]
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Subject of Family in Lessing’s Flight, Hughes’ Mother to Son, Kincaid's Girl and Adrienne Rich's Po - Subject of Family in Lessing’s Flight, Hughes’ Mother to Son, Kincaid's Girl and Adrienne Rich's Poem, Merced Family as defined by Webster’s College Dictionary can be one of many different people. Family can be your parents, spouse, children, brother, sister, grandmother, uncle, any blood relative, or even people who are not blood related that share that common bond (Webster 475). My definition of family is similar to Webster’s, but I feel that there is more to it than just being a blood relative or close friend....   [tags: Hughes Mother to Son Essays] 1645 words
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The Effect of a Mother - The Effect of a Mother “A wise mother knows: It is her state of consciousness that matters. Her gentleness and clarity command respect. Her love creates security” (Vimala McClure). Mothers play an important roll in a child’s life; shaping how a child will view things in the world, their religious beliefs, he way how they set up their values in life and etc. Every individual life is shaped by personal relationships they have with others. Toni Morrison’s Sula, tells the story of a black community in the fictional town Medallion, Ohio, where two girls grow up together, Sula and Nel, are formed by the influence of race, gender and society....   [tags: Toni Morrison's Sula]
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Mother-Daughter Bond in "A Yellow Raft in Blue Water" - Motherhood begins from the moment a woman conceives. The mother and the child have an immediate bond. The ability to create life and bring it into the world is magical and it changes the woman emotionally, physically and mentally. An example of a remarkable mother-daughter bond in history would be that of the Native American women and their daughters. In A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris, the bonds between the three main characters, Rayona, Christine and Ida is a complete contrast to that of the Native American women....   [tags: Literary Review] 1607 words
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Interracial Relationships - America has had a long history of racism. This fact is more easily understood if racism is understood for what it really is. It is more than just personal hatred. Racism is the “belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics” (What is Racism). The 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the American society. Nevertheless, racism still exists owing to the truth that it is still impossible to persuade the hearts of mankind in terms of racism, which leads to many people wondering how and when black and white racism will end in America....   [tags: America, Racism, Relationships]
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The Bonesetter's Daugher: Communication In Relationships - The main theme throughout The Bonesetter's Daughter is the importance of communication in relationships, and how without communication, relationships suffer. Tan shows us this in several different ways, through: Mothers, daughters and spouses. She shows us how concealing our past, feelings and intentions lead to misinterpretations of actions and the weakening of relationships. Tan focuses mainly on mother daughter relationships, and how damaging miscommunication is to both mother and daughter and their relationship....   [tags: Novel Analysis Communication] 1552 words
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Sociology Research into Father-Daughter Relationships - Statement of the Problem: Research over the years has emphasized the role family has upon children within a family system. The role a mother plays for her children has been researched continuously for decades, often neglecting the impact of the father. With this lack of knowledge surrounding a father's paternal responsibilities and implications as a nurturer, it is important to examine the consequences of their actions on their children's future. Recently, research has begun to include the father's role, in particular to their daughter and features they look for in their romantic counterparts....   [tags: Sociology Essays] 2201 words
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Critical Analysis of Sappho´s My Daughter - There are some things that never change through the ages. Certainly natural cycles have always repeated themselves, but even in cycles there are some things that remain constant. One such constant is the bond found between a mother and child. From generation to generation, this deep and loving relationship has shaped families into what they are both today and in bygone centuries. The ancient poet Sappho captures her love for her daughter, Kleis, in a fragment of poetry wherein she describes the dearness and eternity of this incredible maternal bond using her excellent wordsmith skills....   [tags: mother, child, maternal bond, poetry, love]
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Living as a Member of Single-Mother Families in Korea - Living as a Member of Single-Mother Families in Korea Becoming Single-Mother Families Women can become single due to a variety of reasons, including widowhood, separation, divorce, abandonment, and non-marital childbirth. While divorce and non-marital childbirth are the major paths to be single (Weinraub et al., 2002), widowhood and divorce have been the primary reasons of being single mothers for Korean women in the past decade (Yang, 2004). In particular, the number of single mothers through divorce is rapidly increasing in the past decade (Kong, 2000)....   [tags: Family Relationships] 1459 words
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Cultural Differences and Interpersonal Relationships - In life we sometimes experience cultural differences. In The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan shows how mother daughter relationships are affected by these cultural differences. Therefore each of the mothers and daughters has a different view on their Chinese culture. Lindo Jong is the mother of Waverly. Lindo believes that her daughter should be the best of the best at something like all the other Chinese girls she knows of. Lindo also believes that Waverly should marry a Chinese man and is in a constant argument with her about marrying an American man....   [tags: Literary Themes] 614 words
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Power of the Mother and Daughter Relationship Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club - Power of the Mother and Daughter Relationship Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club In the novel, The Joy Luck Club, the author, Amy Tan, intricately weaves together the roles and experiences of Chinese mothers with their American born daughters. During a time of war, the mothers flee from China to America, leaving behind a past filled with secrets that unravel as their daughters mature. While sharing their difficulties, these mothers must be able to teach Chinese beliefs and customs to their daughters in a way that relates to American society....   [tags: Joy Luck Club]
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Family Relationships: Sonny Blues by James Baldwin and I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen - In the two texts “Sonny Blues” by James Baldwin and “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen, the authors focus on relationships between family members. The stories are narrated by the brother in “Sonny Blues” and mother “I Stand Here Ironing”, therefore the story are only told through the point of view of the family member. Olsen conveys to readers that the mother does not have control over how her daughter, Emily, is raised and the internal conflict that comes along with mother. However, Baldwin shows a lack of family ties between Sonny’s and his brother....   [tags: family, relationships, emily]
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Ethnicity and Identity in A Pair of Tickets by Amy Tan - A Pair of Tickets”, by Amy Tan, is a brief narrative about the conscience and reminiscence of a young Chinese American woman, Jing-Mei, who is on a trip to China to meet her two half-sisters for the first time in her life. Amy Tan is an author who uses the theme of Chinese-American life, converging primarily on mother-daughter relationships, where the mother is an emigrant from China and the daughter is fully Americanized --yellow on the surface and white underneath. In this story, the mother tries to communicate rich Chinese history and legacy to her daughter, but she is completely ignorant of their heritage....   [tags: heritage, Chinese, daughter]
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