This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Mother And Daughter Relationships In Joy Luck Club And A Hundred Secret Senses

1689 words - 7 pages

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. But, for those of us who are lucky enough to survive the ride in one piece, it's an amazing learning experience that will influence your entire future.
    In Amy Tan's novels, The Joy Luck Club, and A Hundred Secret Senses, she describes relationships between mothers and daughters reflecting on her own parents experiences in life.
    Four mothers, four daughters, four families... whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "telling" the stories. In 1949, four Chinese women, recent  immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to talk, eat dim sum, and play mahjong.. As June's mother said, "Idea was to have a gathering of  four women, one for each corner of the mahjong table" (Joy p.32) Being together in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy  Luck Club. Instead of sinking into tragedy, they choose to gather and raise their spirits. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." (Joy p.134) In other words, why sit back and keep pondering the tragedy, it's better to let the past go, and move on.
    In The Joy Luck Club, Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, but also more entwined.
    For example in June's situation... In failure to excel at the tasks that Suyuan, her mother, had set before her, June begins to feel more and more resentment towards her. She looks at her mother's hopes as expectations, and when she doesn't live up to them, she feels like a failure. When June performs a piano piece filled with mistakes at a talent show, she feels that her mother is completely ashamed and disappointed with her. As June reminisced, "My mothers expression was what devastated me: a quiet, blank look that said she had lost everything" (Joy p.143) But her mother is unhappy because June did not care about having the best for herself. June didn't have any high hopes to be successful at anything. She failed because she didn't try, and didn't care. Until June's mother died she never realized how much her mother loved her and how proud she was of her. "Right after my mother died, I asked myself a lot of things, things that couldn't be answered, to force myself to grieve more. It seemed as if I wanted to...

Find Another Essay On Mother and Daughter Relationships in Joy Luck Club and A Hundred Secret Senses

Mother-Daughter Conflict in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

2989 words - 12 pages painful past in pre-1949 describe their struggles in China against traditional female roles and family domination. By coming to America they are bringing their hope for a better life which they try to instill into their children. At the start of the book, Jing-Mei sits in the seat for her deceased mother who had started the mah-jong club in 1949 in San Francisco. The Joy Luck aunties inform Jing-Mei that she has two half-sisters in China. She has to go

Power of the Mother and Daughter Relationship Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club

1511 words - 6 pages 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

The Joy Luck Club and Its Analysis of Familial Relationships

1528 words - 6 pages Amy Tan wrote her novel The Joy Luck shortly after experiencing a series of events that are similar to Jing-mei, or "June" Woo's experiences through the course of the novel. The original context of the story was to examine her life and the life of her mother in order to forge as stronger bond between them. Instead, Tan's novel takes the mother/daughter dynamic and analyzes it in a way that all women, not just Chinese-Americans, can relate to.Amy

Essay on Mother as Villain and Victim in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

1184 words - 5 pages Mother as Villain and Victim in Joy Luck Club       In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan focuses on several mother-daughter relationships. One of the relationships explored is that between an immigrant Chinese mother and her American born daughter Jing-mei.  The mother expects Jing-mei to be a prodigy child - while pursuing this dream she unintentionally creates a serious conflict between her and her daughter.   To fulfill her

Relationships of Waverly Jong and Jing-mei Woo in The Joy Luck Club

717 words - 3 pages The Relationships of Waverly Jong and Jing-mei Woo in The Joy Luck Club        Amy Tan in her novel The Joy Luck Club presents us with daughters who are striving to place themselves beyond the control of strong mothers and become individuals. Adrienne Rich in her book Of Woman Born calls this splitting from the mother, "matraphobia" (Rich, 235), and later notes: "The mother stands for the victim in ourselves, the unfree woman, the martyr

Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club

1798 words - 7 pages Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club Throughout Amy Tan’s novel, The Joy Luck Club, the reader can see the difficulites in the mother-daughter relationships.  The mothers came to America from China hoping to give their daughters better lives than what they had.  In China, women were “to be obedient, to honor one’s parents, one’s husband, and to try to please him and his family,” (Chinese-American Women in American Culture

Listen To Your Mother--Joy Luck Club

1058 words - 4 pages . Occasionally though, we can step back for a moment and see all the good intentions behind our mother's actions. In The Joy Luck Club, author Amy Tan tries to get the reader to take this step back. Through her use of flashbacks and the development of strong-willed characters she brings into perspective how after experiencing her own devastating tragedies, a mother will go to great lengths to teach her children the values that will protect them

Model Minorities and The Joy Luck Club

1019 words - 5 pages promise of the American Dream, children of Chinese immigrants suffer from many problems arising from the many stereotypes and their misrepresentation as a “model minority” by native-born Americans. Amy Tan exemplifies this discrepancy between Chinese and American views on Chinese American children in The Joy Luck Club. The American Dream is not fruitful for immigrants of color because they are misnomered as model minorities, despite the

Strengths and Weaknesses in The Joy Luck Club

888 words - 4 pages Rose’s decisions. An-Mei's experiences and courage affects the way that she is as a character, as well as the way her daughter is. Her upbringing and environment brings out certain personality traits in her, while also introducing moments of courage that shape An-Mei and ultimately influences how Rose goes through her own life. This relationship exemplifies the relationship that many women experience with their own daughter and/or mother. Works Cited Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Barrio Boy and The Joy Luck Club

941 words - 4 pages In both pieces of literature; "Barrio Boy," by Ernesto Galarza and "The Joy Luck Club," by Amy Tan; the authors portray five families and their friends' struggle with language barriers, even within their own families, adapting to the customs and routines of the North American society, and how the younger family members succeeded in school, work, and relationships. In Amy Tan's book "The Joy Luck Club," the theme of the "American Dream

The hundred secret senses by a

664 words - 3 pages her sister told her were real. She now believed in ghosts and the hundred secret senses that keep the past alive. The trip brought Olivia and Simon (after he disappears and she worries for him) back together which Kwan was trying to do all along. Then Kwan disappears and is never found again. Nine months later, Olivia had a girl which she thinks is a gift from Kwan because the doctors said that Simon was infertile (they were wrong). She learned

Similar Essays

Mother And Daughter Relationships Exposed In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

2422 words - 10 pages their own paths to tread. In her own special way, Tan helps us find understanding not only of mother/daughter relationships, but the Chinese culture as well, making her narrative to us truly a gift.   Works Cited Gates, David. Critical Extract. Asian-American Women Writers. Ed. Harold Bloom.Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1997. 83-4. Heung, Marina. "Daughter-text/Mother-text: Matrilineage in Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club

Improving Mother/Daughter Relationships In Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club

1211 words - 5 pages 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

"The Joy Luck Club" By Amy Tan: Mother And Daughter Relationships

1176 words - 5 pages the Joy Luck Club that the once fantasy stories, are reality, she begins to see her mother in a different light, "One of the tenants upstairs must be taking a shower. I remember my mother complaining: 'Even you don't want them, you stuck.' And now I know what she meant." June is beginning to understand. The desolate daughter begins to see her mother in herself, at one point in time acknowledging her mother was a part of her was abysmal, now June

Mother Daughter Relationships Learning From Mother In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

1042 words - 4 pages Club went through something emotionally exhausting and saddening in her life. The mothers use their experiences to try to direct the course of their daughters' lives, to make them simpler and more carefree. Initially, however, the daughters only see that their mothers want to make decisions for them, not to help them. Ultimately, the daughters realize their mothers' intentions, but not all accept them. The important thing, however, is that each daughter learns a valuable lesson and comes to peace with her mother.   Work Cited Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. New York: Ivy Books, 1989.