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Plunging The Joy Luck Club By Amt Tan

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The Joy Luck Club (1985) was written by Amy Tan (1952). The Joy Luck Club is the story of a Chinese mother who leaves everything behind, a mother who leaves her family in China in order to get her children (in this case our protagonist June) a better life. Or as Amy Tan says: “The Joy Luck Club, about a woman whose mother has just died and who regrets that she never knew who she truly was. The stories poured out. They were what I felt and had to say before it was too late. I had found my reason to write.” (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/nov/19/amy-tan-joy-luck-club-guardian-book-club)
The Joy Luck Club is the story of a Chinese mother who leaves everything behind but it is also the story of a Chinese-American woman who realises in a way or in another what his mother has sacrificed for her. When we read this novel one of the things we can observe is that strong relationship between mothers and daughters. That relationship starts when the daughter is in the mother’s womb. They are connected through the umbilical cord. They share something during their whole lives. Chinese mothers, on the one way, they are very submissive to their husbands and they never challenge to what their husbands tell them. On the other way, we have Chinese-American daughters. They are more independent, they have the option of divorce if they are not happy with their husbands. They think that they have the right to express their opinion and they can not to be if they do not want to. They think they have the right to choose. We can see this on Queen Mother of the Western Skies She looks in the mirror and sees reflections of her. She realises that she is part of one whole spirit that extends into past and future generations. No matter if they are born in different countries. Mothers and daughters will always be connected.
The American Dream it is also very important in the novel, maybe the most important thing on it. If we ask someone: What is the American Dream? The most suitable answer would probably be that it is to leave behind your country, your family... everything to get a better life, to arrive to America, the land of the dreams. The story of the swan (we can read it on Feathers from a Thousand LI Away) is very meaningful. The American Dream changes between the generations. For the mothers, it is creating a future full of privilege and success. For the daughters, it is the freedom to take their opportunities and do with them as little or as much as they want. The daughters' American ness is reflected most strongly in their relationships with men. Ted, Harold, and especially Rich, represent the American part of their wives, which for the mothers seems frighteningly disconnected from Chinese thinking. Suyuan wants Jing-Mei to be the perfect American girl like Shirley Temple, but resents how little Jing-Mei understands about Chinese culture. As Lindo Jong explains, these are the perils of being "two-faced." Fitting in one place means not fitting in somewhere else,...

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