The first and most important conflict in the novel is heritage. Both mothers, Suyuan and Lindo, come from a Chinese background and try to instill their knowledge and strengths into their children. However, their children are being raised in America with new ideals and a powerful freedom that both mothers never experienced. The two contrasting cultures present a scenario in which both influences cause great confusion and separation in relationships. "How can she thing she can blend in?
The theme of women is demonstrated through the hardships experienced, ethics and self-worth. In the novel the women experienced hardship in their country. China contained strict ethics under which women abided by. In the beginning of the novel Suyuan-Woo is emphasizing a better life in America for women. Tan said, “On her journey she cooed to the swan: “In America I will have a daughter just like me.
Jei-Mei’s mother, Suyuan, wanted her daughter to be a Chinese version of the epitome of American culture and the “perfect child” during the 1950s. Chinese mothers even go to great extents to instill their values into their children. The family of An-mei Hsu in China and Lena St. Clair’s mother, Ying-Ying, both would make up stories to make a moral to a story, to put fear into their daughters and detour them from trouble. Avoiding trouble is also an instinct for the Chinese. Their natural instincts tell them when something will not go well.
"Living with their traditional culture in American society, Chinese-American women suffer the prob... ... middle of paper ... ...ying to save their daughters from the cultural barriers, and identity crisis’ that they had to face. It is in listening to these stories that the daughters find their true identities and become the people that they really are. They realize that they do not have to look at their mothers’ as their opponents, but instead their equals. They accept and even honor the fact that they are the same as their mothers. The Joy Luck Club tells a strong and powerful story that shows the importance of history, culture, and identity in mother daughter relationships, and also in everyday life.
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. Even though they absorb some of the traditions of Chinese culture they are raised in America and American ideals and values.
Jing-mei has come to my office because she is experiencing a cultural identity crisis that was brought on by the recent passing of her mother, Suyuan. Generally speaking, June’s fears are shared among the other three American-born daughters of the Joy Luck Club. Although these women have mostly identified with the American way of life, they are beginning to regret having neglected their Chinese roots and are struggling to form a connection to their heritage as time goes on and their mothers begin to age. Growing up, Jing-mei believed that her mother’s constant criticism was due to a lack of affection toward her. In fact, her mother’s high expectations were an expression of love and faith in her daughter and her choices.
Two very similar problems grow and resolve in the novel. The problem between June and her mother reflects the problem between Waverly and her mother. The conflicts between the mothers and daughters of the novel come from the mothers’ high expectations for their daughters. Suyuan expects her daughter June to be a prodigy at something. This idea of a prodigy came from Auntie Lindo, Waverly’s mother.
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 stories of four Chinese immigrant mothers and their relationships with the American born daughters. In this novel, Tan shows us the struggle these mothers face in teaching their American daughters about their heritage. Throughout the novel it becomes evident that the daughters feel it is important to learn about their history and develop stronger relationships with their mothers Throughout the novel the reader is introduced to the characters one by one learning about their past and their present lives. Each chapter deals with individual stories of relationships between husband and wife, mother and daughter, and even daughter and daughter.
Rose complains about her mother’s presumable repudiation of her annulment by saying, “When I tell her, I know she’s going to say, ‘This cannot be.’ And when I say that it is certainly true, that our marriage is over, I know what else she will say: ‘Then you... ... middle of paper ... ...ries of Rose, Jing-Mei, and Waverly, Amy Tan reveals the message that many mothers’ intentions that demonstrate affection aren’t fully recognized by their daughters. The mothers in this novel aim to teach their daughters the significance of comprehending the perception of nengkan or even guiding their lives in order to benefit their futures’ success. Perhaps there may be a message that Amy has exposed to all of us. Why should we care about our parents’ motives? What specific benefits would we gain as children?
Their miscommunication also has a part in this, as their communications are limited and they both struggle with the expectations that they have for each other. Therefore, as the daughters learn more about their cultural heritage, their comprehension of their Chinese heritage improves. In conclusion, The Joy Luck Club tells a powerful and strong story that shows the importance of how the daughters develop their understanding to their Chinese heritage amongst their mother’s love, learning about their past, and their cultural heritage. As the daughters grow up to be adults, they start to realize how their mothers show their love to them, and as they become more appreciative of their mother, their attitude changes over the course of time to create an appreciation and respect that had not been there before.