Essay about Amy Tan 's The Joy Luck Club

1352 Words Nov 9th, 2016 6 Pages
The Motifs of Amy Tan in “The Joy Luck Club”
Often, Tan writes about struggling mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese- American experience. In Amy Tan’s novel “The Joy Luck Club,” she cultivates her life throughout the novel by illustrating connections between the characters in the novel and her own life. Equally important, Tan is the daughter of two Chinese immigrants, this is where her inspiration for writing about these differences comes into play. Tan and her own mother had difficulties that are presented in the “Joy Luck Club.” Some of these difficulties include the need to succeed and the pressure that Tan felt because of this. (Laurie Champion, 17.) Through sixteen stories of four Chinese mothers and their four American-born daughters, Tan shows how her life and these characters are compared. The parallels between Tan and each daughter gives rise to the themes of the novel. Amy Tan is an author that writes fluently about women’s issues, social issues, and cultural issues. In “Joy Luck Club,” Amy Tan uses three literary themes that develops the main idea of her novel and provides background to her own life. The three literary themes that are used to extract parallels between Tan and the daughters in the novel include mother-daughter relationships, cultural indifference, self-loss, and true sacrifice.
One theme presented in “The Joy Luck Club” is the social issues regarding the mother-daughter relationships. Moreover, the mothers share stories with their…

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