Essay Conflicts Resolved in the Joy Luck Club

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“The most difficult thing in life is to know your self.” This quote stated by Thales, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Miletus, adequately describes the posing conflicts in Amy Tan’s novel, The Joy Luck Club. The desire to find ones true identity, along with the reconciliation of their Chinese culture and their American surroundings, is a largely significant conflict among the characters of the novel. In the discovery of ones individuality develops a plethora of conflicts involving the theme of a lack of communication and misinterpretation of one another. Although, as time progresses, the various conflicts of the characters in The Joy Luck Club that pose major threats to a flourishing mother-daughter relationship are resolved with an …show more content…
. . who will bear grandchildren born without any connecting hope passed from generation to generation (Tan 40).
Furthermore, with maturity the daughters become intrigued by their Chinese culture, aware that there identities are imperfect. For instance in the passage, Double Face, involving a conversation between Waverly Jong and her mother Lindo, Waverly discusses her desire to go to China for her second honeymoon. Waverly asks her mother, “What if I blend in so well they think I’m one of them? What if they don’t let me come back to the United States?” (Tan 253) Ironically, now that it has become fashionable to be oriental, Waverly has accepted her Chinese identity, even though she had spent the greater part of her life denying her Chinese upbringing. In greater significance, Jing-Mei’s exposure to life in China in the resolution of the novel provides important evidence that there lies an opulent, united identity rather than two opposing identities among the daughters. Zora Neale establishes her understanding of her two backgrounds in the essay “How it feels to Be Colored Me” stating, “I have no separate feeling about being an American citizen and colored. I am merely a fragment of the Great Soul that surges within the boundaries. My country, right or wrong.” In her experience in China, Jing-Mei discovers that the country has various American qualities similarly to her home in Chinatown in San Francisco that
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