Essay on Amy Tan 's The Joy Luck Club

1053 Words May 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
Generations are like advancing technology. They continuously evolve and build upon themselves. As generations rise and fall, their history follows and unfolds for the next generation. This then gives birth to character, the synthesis of human genetics and growth of unique personality through life experiences. Generations and character are both prominent themes in the novel, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. The four mothers in the novel represent the older, Chinese traditional generation and their four daughters represent the new Chinese-infused American generation. Although some might argue that the daughter’s resistance to her mother’s influence was significant enough to break the link of passing on character, the mother’s influence is still deeply rooted even in the way the daughter thinks. The interaction of the elder generation raising the new generation allowed for the exchange of experiences and personality, essentially from mother to daughter. The elder generation portrayed in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, passed their strength of character onto their American born daughters. Lindo Jong passed on her character strength to her daughter Waverly Jong. Lindo desired to follow her mother’s wishes so she married Tyan-yu Huang. Marrying into his family, she was bombarded with strict guidelines and customs for behavior respectively from the patriarchal Chinese social structure. Lindo was expected to make her husband happy and serve him well as a wife, but she wasn’t happy. She…

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