In Amy Tan story “Rules of the game,” she describes the relationship between mother and daughter by using a metaphor. Amy mother teaches her the art of invisible hand and daily truths to rise above their circumstance, and I experienced the same when my mother taught me the strategies for succeeding in life. Most importantly it shows us how Amy become world champion at the age of nine by learning rules to succeed. Whereas Hemmingway “Hills like White Elephant” is a story about two couple who have different thinking because men want a girl to have an abortion but she does not want it, or men do not love the girl anymore.
“Two Kinds” is a short story within Amy tan’s most popular novel, The Joy Luck Club. The book is divided into four connected sections with each containing a group of stories that could stand alone. Similar to the other short stories within the collection, “Two Kinds” is a representation of the complexities mother-daughter relationships encounter in San Francisco’s China-town. The focus of the story is the troublesome but unavoidable gap between mothers born in China before the communist revolution and their American-born daughters who must settle the burden of their Chinese ancestry and American dream of success. Although the protagonist of the story Jing-Mei constantly pushes away her mother’s desires to make her a musical prodigy, she gains insight into her mother’s reasoning decades later.
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” .
The first novel of the The Mother-Daughter Book Club series introduces us to a motley crew of four strong willed girls and their mothers who are part of a monthly book club. The mothers come together to form a book club though the girls are not so excited about the idea. Jess is missing her mother so much to care about reading a book, Emma has read practically every book you can think of, Cassidy prefers hockey practice and Megan is more interested in shopping. However, the monthly book club ritual that begins with the reading of Little Women soon becomes a platform where the four girls help each other deal with the challenges of middle school. Taking lessons from Jo March, they deal with a range of issues from first dance fashion fiascos, bullying, secret journals, secret crushes and familial
Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club features eight stories told by women with a Chinese background. However, The Joy Luck Club utilizes the stories told by the women in order to explore many controversial topics including patriarchy within the Chinese culture. Many of the mothers in The Joy Luck Club endure the patriarchal ideals put onto themselves when they lived in China, but the character who most prominently deals with the patriarchal ideals within the Chinese culture is Lindo Jong. After countenancing a patriarchal society for many years, Lindo develops as a person by emulating antiquated ideals and pushing antithetical ideals onto herself and her daughter, Waverly.
All any mother could ever want is their child to succeed in life and in academics. The book contains the story of eight characters including mothers, and daughters living their lives according to their beliefs, connecting all stories together the reason being all mothers want their daughters to succeed. In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan uses symbolism to represent the relationship between the mother and daughter characters. Waverly Jong was an extraordinary chess player, she pushed to the best of her ability of course by her
At the end of the dinner Amy's father burped loudly as it is a sign of respect towards the cook showing gratitude for the food. After everyone had left, Amy’s mother noticed her embarrassment all night and said “You want to be the same as American girls on the outside.” She the handed Amy an early gift, It was a beige tweed colored mini skirt. After she told Amy that she must always be Chinese on the inside and to be proud of who she was, because the only shame is to be ashamed. It took Amy years to truly figure out what her mother was trying to teach her, and after she figured it out she was proud of her ethnicity.
Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered her speech “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” September 5, 1995 while speaking at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China with the intent to educate and spread awareness in regards to the rights and treatment of women around the world, while encouraging women to take initiative and highlight the potential women have if presented with the opportunity of equality. Early in Clinton’s speech, she uses the power of ethos to establish her credibility and continues to build upon it throughout, bringing attention to the fact she has had years of experience fighting for change among people of all kinds. Clinton convinces listeners that she has made women’s rights a priority in her life
Throughout the novel, Amy Tan’s personal connection with the story exemplifies why The Joy Luck Club contributes to Chinese-American culture by providing an example of the struggle of communication between the Chinese immigrants and their American children. An incident that demonstrates this is when Lena attempts to explain her and Harold’s list to her mother (Tan 162). Contrasting each other, the two sets of ideas, Lena’s and her mother’s, conflict about Lena’s marriage situation. Worried that her daughter may make the same mistake as hers, Ying-Ying uses her Chinese ideals and past experiences to alleviate her daughter’s problem. However, Lena, unsure of how to deal with the situation, fails to explain or defend her marriage from her mother’s criticism because of the reason that Lena lacks her mother’s experience and was raised the American way, not the Chinese way.
Maryann Kovalski. Plattsburg, NY: Tundra Books. An Italian mother misses her country, yet her little girl helps her when she wins a seed at the fair. These blossoms develop and light up the mother as well as the whole neighborhood. Age Range: 5 - 8 years Grade Level: Kindergarten - 240 L (Scholastic.com).
The connection between a mother and her daughter is special. A bond is created from birth that is unbreakable. Because this bond is so important, it is approached in many different ways. In the excerpt from Amy Chua’s memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom, she talks about her daughter growing up playing the violin. In the excerpt from Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club, she talks about herself as a young woman growing up with a very strict mother figure who wanted her to play the piano.
The Fifth Chinese Daughter by Jade Snow Wong is an autobiography about her being the fifth daughter of a Chinese family. The novel is written in the third person as she tells the readers her story of being born and raised in Chinatown, San Francisco. Throughout her story we watch her grow as she portrays her life growing up as kid and becoming an adult. Education plays the largest role in Wong’s journey to adulthood in both a formal and informal manner. She helps the readers understand the morals of Asian families, and the conflicts that the normal Chinese community and person may face when dealing with foreign issues.
In Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, mother and daughter relationships are put to the test. Four women meet to play a game of Chinese mahjong, keeping a tradition alive. Suyuan Woo, founder of the club, had a daughter named Jing Mei June Woo. Suyuan had two daughters which she expected both to succeed to her standards.
Throughout the novel, Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan is a very cultured and well rounded book. I do think the parables and titles of each four sections foreshadow what will happen in the section. In the first section “Feathers from a Thousand Li Away”, the tale told is about a Chinese woman who migrated to America. However, before she came she bought a swan to bring with her to America.