Essay On Symbolism In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

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What is symbolism? Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or an object developing literature in its own way. Several authors use symbolism to get the reader to think about the true meaning behind the words that are written. Amy Tan portrays symbolism in her book The Joy Luck Club proving that symbolism is more than just plain words and are given a meaning. Set in Chinatown, San Francisco fleeing China in search for a better life is where it all began. 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.
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Suyuan Woo gave her daughter the necklace after a dinner they hosted together telling her she picked the crab that was not good because she was different from everybody else who would’ve not picked that crab. “For a long time, I wanted to give you this necklace. See, I wore this on my skin, so when you wear it on your skin then you know my meaning. This is your life’s importance” (Tan 208). The necklace symbolizes how they both may be alike and understand each other in a way that nobody else does all being connected to that one bad crab. Even though Jing’s mother may not always be with her the memory will, and the necklace will remind her as well even if it is not always with her. “I stuffed the necklace in my lacquer box and forgot about it. But these days, I think about my life’s importance” (Tan
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