The Joy Luck Club Identity Analysis

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Mahatma Ghandi. Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club tells the story of four pairs of mothers and daughter connecting with their inner self through the difficulties in culture and family. The novel takes place in pre-revolution China and twentieth century San Francisco. The American- born Chinese daughters, Jing-mei (June) Woo, Rose Hsu, Waverly Jong, Lena St. Clair, their immigrant mothers Suyuan Woo, An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, Ying-ying St. Clair in the novel The Joy Luck Club all have their own identities in each one of their stories. Amy Tan illustrates how culture and family can play a huge role in learning about one’s self. Jing-mei Woo is trying to find out who her mother …show more content…
Clair, just like Rose, goes through a difficult relationship with her husband. Her husband, Harold, likes to have separate bank accounts, which brings up fights in their marriage. She sees the relationship is deteriorating, but she fails to speak her mind more about what Harold wants."Now that I'm angry at Harold, it's hard to remember what was so remarkable about him." (pg. 155) - Lena St. Clair. Lena’s relationship with her mother, Ying-ying, is quiet. When Lena is younger, she witnesses her neighbor get into fights with her mother over time. The girl runs away for a short time, worrying her mother. She then sees them embrace each other after the girl finally comes home. She realizes that all the fighting the mother and daughter did was an act of love between them because they expressed their feelings, unlike Lena and her mother. She also learns that she needs to be more expressive in her marriage for it to work out. Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club describes how the mother’s influences on their daughters had its difficulties at first but it always changed them for the better in the end. Her book also illustrates how american-born chinese and immigrant chinese people have different opinions and thoughts. Different ideas lead to learning in the

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