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The Everlasting Bond Between A Mother And A Daughter

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Nothing is more enduring than a mother- daughter relationship. This bond is specifically explored in the books, The Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother by Amy Chua and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Authors of these books precisely show the complexity of this type of relationship. Chua and Tan show the reader how a mother and daughter can hurt one other but ultimately forgiveness finds its way through. The similarities in these books include the difficulty of communication between the mother and daughter and their sacrifices for love. The difference between these books is the mothers’ outlooks of the role women play in society.
The Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother and The Joy Luck Club both demonstrate the barriers that exist between the mothers and the daughters of the Chinese culture. These barriers are often caused by the inability to communicate with each other. In both books, the daughters believed that they could never make their mothers proud. In The Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother, the mother, Amy Chua, was never satisfied with Lulu’s or Sophia’s roles with their instruments. These two daughters believed that their mother was out to get them when in fact Chua had high hopes and pure intentions for them to become successes and prodigies. Chua never believed that there was a task that her daughters couldn’t conquer. She made Lulu practice this very intense piano piece and for a long time Lulu was stumbling over it. It came to a point where the father, Jed, pleaded for Chua to let Lulu take a break. This went against Chua’s beliefs and as a result, Lulu was not allowed to give up. Later that night, Lulu had mastered the piano piece and was thankful that she was pushed as hard as she was by her mother. Lulu’s success over this piece did not surprise Chua. Lulu thought for the longest that her mother was picking on her when in reality Chua was helping Lulu uncover her full potential. Sophia was Amy Chua’s first born. Expectations were set very high for Sophia as she participated in very rigorous violin programs. She received the prestigious honor of performing at the Carnegie Hall in New York City at a very young age. Sophia always impressed anyone that heard her play the violin. Yet again, Chua was not surprised because she knew all along that her daughter had the ability and potential to exceed in the performing arts. In The Joy Luck Club, Waverly Jong is having a hard time telling her mother that she is going to marry a man named Rich. This is because Waverly believes that her mother does not think anyone is good for anything. After pondering and worrying, Waverly realizes that she must tell her mother that she is getting married. Waverly storms into her mother’s house and finds her mother sleeping on a couch. Waverly confesses that she will marry Rich because she loves him. During this confession, Waverly expresses to her mother how she really feels about her. Her mother is horrified of Waverly’s views on her and becomes upset. There has been a...

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