The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan Essay

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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, tackles many themes throughout the book. These themes seem to be illustrated through the conflicts between the main characters specifically the conflicts involving the mothers and daughters. The book also provides an insight at the role that age and culture play in regards to conflict resolution.

Suyuan and Jing-mei Suyuan is the founder of the Joy Luck Club and mother of Jing-mei. Suyuan can be considered a competitor throughout the novel. Throughout her life we see many cases in which Suyuan is not afraid to let her opinion be heard. Suyuan on multiple occasions lets others know of their faults. She criticizes the cooking of the other women in the novel, as well as describing the weakness in her friends and specifically her daughter Jing-mei. It seem that Suyuan while having a conflict-handling mode of a competitor, we do see her as an avoider at times. One specific case is when Jing-mei confronts her about wishing that Suyuan was not her mother or that she died with the twins. Suyuan does not respond back to her and avoids the interaction. It seems that Suyuan is seen by her daughter as been very demanding. At times we see the frustration in Suyuan that her daughter is not trying to become something great or at least try like she did when she came to America. Jing-mei can be characterized as an avoider but ultimately an accommodator at the end of the novel. At times she does compete with her mother about their opinion of the life Jing-mei…

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