Betty Marie, born on 1925, growing up in Oklahoma. When Betty was a little child she would listen to her grandmother stories. Are grandmother would tell her the stories about fire spirits and animals. So Betty wanted to get out of her shell and do something different. She wanted to do ballet and loved it.
Amy Tan’s autobiographical novel employs four different stories where mothers and their daughters retell in meetings their personal experiences on their relationships with one another. In this way, all mother characters are portrayed with their distinctive characteristics as the text follows. Suyuan Woo is one if the mothers and the most important one, as she created “The Joy Luck Club”, to which the tittle of the novel is attributed to. Tan depicts her typical human experiences of being good, terrible and a good-bad mother. Archetypical “characters display stereotypical personalities, behaviors and characteristics regardless of how unique they may appear at first glance as, character archetypes are used by many writers as devices to help present a story” .
This book is consisted of short stories of 4 daughter and mothers. Each and every characters have different personalities and family history, mostly back in China, which is the main factor that contributes to the content’s richness. The character that leads the main story is ‘June’, the daughter of Suyuan. Her story first starts with the death of her mother, reminiscing the memories with her. She starts a long journey of finding her twin elder sisters, whom her mother had left behind when leaving China due to Japanese invasion.
Despite the ache in her heart that her mother’s death left her with, Billie Jo conquered her pain and continued to play the piano. Despite the physical hurt it caused her hands and the emotional pain it causes her as it remind her of her mother Billie Jo persisted and didn’t give up on her dreams of piano playing. Such as when Billie Jo thinks, “I play songs that have only the pattern of myself in them and you hum along supporting me. You are the companion to myself. The mirror with my mother’s eyes,”(194.).
Waverly's mother uses the art of invisible strength as a "strategy for winning arguments, respect from others, and eventually.. chess games". Tan uses the symbol of chess to express the theme of invisible strength. Amy tan expresses Waverly's life to be similar to a chess game with many rules and decisions. When Waverly had many questions about the
“Hey, Mama, how are you getting on?” “Oh, Nell how lovely you look. And your face seems to carry the wind and the sun from your sail with Emma.” Nell smiled at her. Alice Guthrie began life as an active girl and woman with a strong love for music. After her second child was born, she after she was diagnosed with chronic infectious arthritis. She continued to teach piano to
“Poem for My Sister” written by Liz Lochhead, is a poem describing the relationship between two sisters and their experiences. As with almost all siblings, the younger sister looks up to her older sister and strives to be like her whereas the older sister in this poem has been through numerous hardships and troubles in her life and warns her stubborn sister to not follow in her footsteps. The reader can relate to the poem as they are either an adult or a child and both ages apprehend the feelings and emotions that the characters are experiencing. A deeper meaning this poem suggests is that the experience of adulthood should be seen as advice for the upcoming generations. The poet has shown how easily influenced children are and how they strive to be like their elders by using shoes as a representation and symbol for different lifestyles.
Everyday use is a short story by Alice Walker published in her 1973 collection in Love and Trouble. This story revolves around the relationship between a mother and her daughters. The story concerns a young woman who has visited her mother in the village after a very long time. She thinks herself very educated and smart and attempts unsuccessfully to get the quilt which her mother had promised to gift to her younger daughter on her wedding. Another story, The Lottery is one of the most famous American short story written by Shirley Jackson.
"A young woman, about nineteen or twenty, and slender, she moved like a heavier one or an older one, holding on to furniture, resting her head in the palm of her hand as though it was too heavy for a neck alone" (66-67). Morrison uses imagery, similes and syntax to portray the girl that showed up in the front porch of 124 after Sethe, Denver and Paul D returned from the concert, to be the dead baby of Sethe, Beloved. In chapters three-five, Morison’s use of imagery of the girl named Beloved and the flash backs and descriptions of characters and events, more district dialogue between the characters, syntax and characterization in the novel, portray the theme of the haunting past. The girls to “rest her head in the pal of her hand as thought it was too heavy for a neck alone” reminded me of the baby Beloved that her
These are some of the qualities that were expected from women in the 18th century. In comparison is Madame Defarge. On page 277, “The shadow attendant on Madame Defarge and her party seemed to fall so threatening and dark on the child, that her mother instinctively kneeled on the ground beside her, and held her to her breast.” In these two quotes we see how differently these two women present themselves towards other people. Lucie is kind, considerate, and everything that Dickens wants a woman to be. When she sees someone else like she does in this quote she tries to be nice and happy and do what she can for them.
The relationship between a mother and a daughter holds a special bond of love and care. While mothers truly care for their daughters, this act of devotion can lead to conflicts. The strength of their bond is the determining factor in overcoming and being able to tolerate periods of disagreement. The excerpts in Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom and Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club both display the reality of mother-daughter relationships. The attachment and deep affection that the mothers give to their daughters provoke arguments between the two.
A huge part of The Joy Luck Club is about the flashbacks and memories shared by the mothers from their days as young adults. The thrilling story of these four women and their struggles might as well be a biography about Amy Tan and her mother. Amy Tan’s mother, just like Suyuan Woo, also left her children in China and even though Daisy Li left three children and Suyuan Woo left two, there is still a connection between the two. The book is split up into four different parts with sixteen different stories all told by each one of the women, mothers and daughters. The parts in the mother’s point of views are most likely all of Daisy Li’s memories of her life that she had told Amy Tan.
Chua portrays a stressful yet caring relationship, while Tan portrays a more hostile relationship. Chua yearns for her daughter to succeed at playing the violin, and she attempts to progress the process by being caring and also stressful at the same time. Similarly, Tan’s mother wants her daughter to succeed at playing the piano, but her way of progressing the process is by being strict and enforcing rules. Although both mothers hope for similar outcomes for their daughters, they have different ways to help their daughters reach the outcome. Every mother desires the best for her daughter, as an individual, and for their fragile relationship, as a