Essay on Alice Tan 's Joy Luck Club

2731 Words Mar 14th, 2016 11 Pages
Chinese philosopher, Zhuang Zhou, once said “So it is said, for him who understands Heavenly joy, life is the working of Heaven; death is the transformation of things. In stillness, he and the yin share a single Virtue; in motion, he and the yang share a single flow.” The idea of Yin and Yang is very influential in the Chinese culture, representing the balance between good and bad. Through Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club, the author demonstrates the long, conflicting journey that young Chinese women encounter as they search for balance in their own lives and finally become one as an individual. As well as how the struggle for acceptance and the sacrifices between mother and daughter helped to finally achieve the harmony in their lives they long for.
The first three stories in this section discuss the relationship between mothers and daughters, with the last one concluding the The Joy Luck Club. By examining this section, there is one moral stands out in these four stories; that the relationship between mothers and daughters is powerful.
In "Magpies," when An-mei Hsu thinks about how her daughter 's marriage is falling apart, she recalls her mother and how she followed her to Tientsin. An-mei also recalls the conflict between her mother, Wu Tsing, and his second wife. She remembers how she lied to her mother and how he forced her to become his fourth wife. Finally, An-mei 's mother died from overdosing on opium, a natural drug produced from the juice of the opium poppy. As…

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