One strength is that they’re only doing it to help improve their child's life. She states how she was forcing her daughter to play a piano song, but her daughter refused. So kept on forcing her daughter to play the song until eventually she learned to play the song perfectly. Once she learned it, she exclaimed that it was easy and fun. This applies to her argument about experience.
First, she wanted Jing-Mei to become a famous actress like Shirley Temple, and she constantly made sure that her daughter was either studying her films or mimicking her performances. After that failed, the Mother suggested that Jing-Mei work towards developing into a skilled pianist. She bought her a piano and hired Mr. Chong, an old deaf piano teacher, to help her learn it. Jing-Mei understood how to play multiple songs after about a year of piano lessons, and her mother entered her into a talent show. At the talent show, Jing-Mei miserably failed.
David Foster Wallace talks about in his “Kenyon Commandment Speech” that learning is an open mind process and are you willing to change the way you think and act to better you self. As Wallace talks about achieving total freedom through learning and open mindedness of one self. In Amy Chua’s “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” Talks about being a strict Chinese mother in the west and teaching her children to exceed in everything they do. As she begins to find freedom through teaching her children strictness and discipline. The theme between Amy Chu and David Foster Wallace speech is that both have a theme of freedom.
As discussed in the previous chapter, cultural and language barrier have caused serious obstacles for the mothers and daughters. Not being able to see and think from each other’s perspective blocks the path to effective communication which result in silence between them. The focus of this chapter is to analysis in details of Jing-mei’s change after her mother’s death and her trip to China to meet her lost sisters, which symbolizes that her split identity is healed and her relationship with her mother is reconciled as well. The mother-daughter relationships between the other mothers and daughters in The Joy Luck Club will also be studied When Jing-mei is young, she is the same as the other three daughters - an outsider of their mothers’ world. She laughs at her mother’s “fractured English” and she “[grows] impatient” when her mother speaks Chinese (40).
She controls Hannah’s (her niece's life) and is very strict when it comes to her rules. Firstly, Hannah has never admitted to enjoying playing the piano, as she was always told to nourish her special gift. “I had no choice.” (Pg 34). Throughout her childhood, Hannah has been controlled by Tante Rose, who had hoped for life of a concert pianist for her niece. Tante Rose controls Hannah’s life by reducing her time to play with other children.
Although she struggled in her early stages, Mabunity kept her parent’s promise to travel to United States of America, her fortitude and endurasim conducted to her success as a ballerina. At the time Mabunity was in the orphanage and she knew that her number (27) meant that she would get the least amount of food and that the Auntie that is taking care of them hated Mabunity because of her spots, she immediately started to find a way to win her back. All the kids were afraid of Auntie, except for Mabunity, when a lightning struck besides Mabunity, she didn’t hesitate and insisted Mabunity Suma that she is a witch. Mabunity knew that Aunt Fatima was watching so she performed her “voodoo powers” in front of the orphanage kids to scare the Aunt. Furthermore leading to her countless act of kindness, at the time the devils attacked the city again, Mabunity witnessed her teacher
It is hard for a mother and daughter to have a healthy relationship when the mother is viewed as an evil figure by the child. It is normal for the mother and daughter to have their small cat fights because that is what makes the relationship healthy. It shows that the mother cares enough to have these feuds with her daughter. Sometimes though the mother goes too far and tries to make their daughter something they are not, and that is not a healthy relationship. These mother and daughter relationships, along with their tone, can be observed in the memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom by Amy Chua and the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.
even her voice was affected by his condition, and she was not allowed by her mother to paly or do what other teenagers do because her mom was overprotective to her. I go on a journey with Joy as she struggles against what she’s always known to be right, and wanting to fit in. Joy finds her self being a awkward ,she feel that she always doing wrong . One of the things Joy begins to deal is when he find her mother's book entitled ' Big Girls Dont Cry'. It’s a book of fiction, but it is very obviously based upon her mother’s life.
The mere fact that her parents, who are also child psychologists, would use Amy’s childhood as a template for a book and to project their expectations of her through the book. This is shown by Amy’s commentary “My parents have always worried that I’d take Amy too personally – they always tell me not to read too much into her. And yet I can’t fail to notice that whenever I screw something up, Amy does it right: When I finally quit violin at age twelve, Amy was revealed as a prodigy in the next book. (‘Sheesh, violin can be hard work, but hard work is the only way to get better!’) When I blew off the junior tennis championship at age sixteen to do a beach weekend with friends, Amy recommitted to the game. (‘Sheesh, I know it’s fun to spend time with friends, but I’d be letting myself and everyone else down if I didn’t show up for the tournament.’) This used to drive me mad, but after I went off to Harvard (and Amy correctly chose my parents’ alma mater), I decided it was all too ridiculous to think about.
Helen was very spoiled and mostly only did what she wanted. Annie, Helen's teacher, believed in Helen and tried to teach her manners and language. Annie tried a lot of things and even got full control over Helen for two weeks but nothing worked in teaching her language. Helen is a smart child and when she is at home she freaks out and has tamper tantrums and won't listen to Annie
He has loved her through it all, but in the end she leaves him, but we all know that it was for the best. Natalie was extremely dynamic. While meeting Henry she changes as a person, but goes through many trials to become that person. Stealing her mothers pills and smoking pot is not ideal for a sixteen year old child, but she overcomes this. It turns out that her only fear was her mother.