Essay on Amy Tan 's The Joy Luck Club

1021 Words Apr 28th, 2016 5 Pages
In The Joy Luck Club, the author, Amy Tan introduces four mother-daughter pairs which displays the perspectives of each character through their view on life. Tan also shows how each of the mothers’ thoughts influence their daughter as well as their expectations for them in America. The novel compares the past life and experiences of each mother, cultural conflicts, and the transition from their life in China to America. Through the mothers stories of their experiences in China, many family secrets and cultural backgrounds are revealed. Ying-Ying and Lena St. Clair, one of the four mother daughter pairs, both experience tragic lessons from emotionally abusive husbands, leading them to fear their surroundings, and the struggle to find their true identity.
After experiencing her first marriage, Ying-Ying learns to become independent and to have self-confidence. In “Waiting Between the Trees”, Ying-Ying is explaining the relevance of her Chinese zodiac, the Tiger, to her personality. Ying-Ying refers back to her first husband in China, who she once called her Uncle, and left her for an opera singer. “The gold side leaps with its fierce heart. The black side stands still with cunning, hiding its gold between trees, seeing and not being seen, waiting patiently for things to come. I did not learn to use my black side until the bad man left me.” (282) The gold side of Ying-Ying represents the respect to her family by marrying her Uncle, her loyalty, and honesty. Her black side…

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