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    Happiness is subjective. Every person has a different set of things that bring joy to people’s lives. There are obvious correlations that are common. Many find happiness from their loved ones, food, money, and passions. There are some people who aren’t made truly happy by any of these things mentioned. The chemical release of dopamine in the brain can be triggered by nearly anything depending on the person. The question then becomes, what brings people the ecstasy of living? Walt Whitman is a well renowned poet to this day. In his poem, Poem of Joys, he mentions different examples of people and what brings those people joy. Whitman suggests that joy is found in different forms of weather such as rain drops or sunshine. He explains that…

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    Crazy Brave is a memoir written by Native American poet and artist Joy Harjo. In this memoir Harjo recollects and evaluates a number of pivotal moments, which occur during her life, that altered her identity as well as how she saw the world around her. Many of these moments occur in the first two sections of the book entitled “East” and “West”. These moments include, but are not limited to, when she is playing with bees and is stung as a young girl, when her mother forces her to put on a…

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    The Joy Luck Club

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    The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan is a story about four Chinese mothers and their daughters who have a hard time distinguishing between their Chinese and American culture and following their family traditions. The Joy Luck Club was a group that Suyuan Woo, the mother of Jing-Mei, chose to create in order to give Chinese women who were forced into the America’s a place to come where there would be no negative thoughts or sad stories. It was all fun and laughter around the Mahjong table. When Suyuan…

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    Joy Luck Club Standards

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    Standards in Their New Lives In the novel The Joy Luck Club written by Amy Tan, four families of Chinese immigrants gather around a mahjong table. Jing-Mei Woo is to replace her mother’s seat at the table. After Jing-Mei’s mother passes away, it is her responsibility to take over the seat. Jealousy fills the group when comparing their daughter's abilities. Beauty is important to all of the daughters and their mothers. Superstition factors into their everyday lives controlling their…

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    Joy Luck Club Culture

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    In the novel, The Joy Luck Club, there are many different cultural aspects. Throughout the book, there are many obstacles the characters may face. In addition, there are also parts of the book that show higher emphasis on Chinese cultural values and perspectives. Containing sixteen stories all relating back to each other, the main plot of the novel begins when a daughter named Jing-mei sets out on a journey to find her long lost twin sisters. Jing-Mei’s older twin sisters were lost due to their…

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    The Joy Luck Club Summary

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    In her article "Feng Shui, astrology, and the five elements : Traditional Chinese belief in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club" Patricia L. Hamilton comments on the usage of language, Chinese culture, Chinese beliefs, and the important moments within Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club". The article helps connect smaller details into bigger ideas that could have possibly been missed. In the writing Hamilton connects the involvement with metal in Lindo's story The Red Candle with the birth of her daughter…

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    The Joy Luck Club Analysis

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    The Joy Luck Club is an interesting talk of mother daughter relationships. Four women began the club, in order to play mahjong and enjoy life. The San Franciscan club was founded by Suyuan Woo. Before the story, however, Suyuan dies of a brain aneurysm. The three other women, An-Mei, Lindo, and Ying-ying, ask Suyuan’s daughter, Jing-Mei to take her mother’s place. Jing-Mei accepts and learns more about her mother’s life in China, and the sacrifices she made to be in America. All of these mothers…

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    The Joy Luck Club By Amy

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    The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan showcases the disconnections between mother and daughters, particularly those of immigrants. In the book Mothers and Daughters: Complicated Connections Across Cultures, Alice H. Deakins, Rebecca Bryant Lockridge, and Helen M. Sterk make the argument that all women share one experience in common, being a daughter (90). While that argument is true, it is a little more complicated, each daughter goes through different experiences than others, as shown in The Joy Luck…

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    The Joy Luck Club Essay

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    The attachment between a mother and daughter may seem to be unbreakable, however cultural and societal barriers can strain the bond and bring unwanted emotions to the forefront of the relationship. In the novel, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, the strained relationships between mothers and daughters test the ideologies of American and Chinese cultures. Based on the perspective of four pairs of Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-born daughters, the author depicts conflicts that are caused…

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    Amy Tan’s novel, The Joy Luck Club utilizes numerous amounts of literary conventions to create an extraordinary thought provoking novel. In this passage, the daughter, Jing-mei, discovers her long lost sisters are alive and live in China. She later begins to compare herself to the older generation of the Joy Luck Club seeing the vast differences among the generations. Jing-Mei is revealed to have an internal conflict relating to her heritage. Every difference she finds between the mothers and…

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