“I couldn't possibly tell anyone the truth: how worthless and ugly Niang made me feel most of the time…” (54). It is important because it supports the belief that Adeline feels despised by her family. This proves that Niang is seriously affecting her stepdaughter's feelings. Adeline is treated unfairly by her family, especially by her parents. In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah’s story about her childhood experiences, she suffered and she wasn't happy, but she always knew things would get better someday.
Part of problem might be the fact that Helene herself struggled in her relationship with her own mother since she has been ashamed of her mother’s occupation as a prostitute. Helene feels that her family is flawed. Helene finally escapes her Creole family, which she views as shameful, in her marriage to Willey Wright who brings her to the town Medallion. The Wright family enjoys living their life following the town’s standards and Helene stands in complete opposition to her mother when she becomes highly conservative and religious. When Helene’s daughter is born, it is “more comfort and purpose than she (Helene) had ever hoped to find in this life” (18).
I really disliked how her mom was treating Sonita. She was treating her as a selling product. How could she sell her own daughter in return for money! And she is saying it’s traditions when it’s actually because she have a financial problem and because she never thought about her daughter's future. Two scenes prove that her mom only thinks about money when the director gave her $2000 and when Sonita returns back to Afghanistan and gave her mom a golden earrings, she forget about the
Sethe longs for the relationship she was denied with her mother. Sethe tells Beloved: “You came right on back like a good girl, like a daughter which is what I wanted to be and would have been if my ma’am had been able to get out of the rice long enough before they hanged her and let me be one.”(203) Her obsession with mothering her children is a direct result of her denied role as a daughter, but it includes more than her need to protect her children. She is also obsessed with isolating her children from the community that has condemned her
Nanny who has been Janie’s caretaker has several hopes and dreams for her granddaughter. Nanny is not entirely perfect at her job of raising Janie, since her dreams for her are clouded by her own scarring experiences. Nanny attempts to insure a better life for Janie by forcing her to marry Logan Killicks, an old and wealthy man. Blinded by her own dreams, hopes, and desires, Nanny makes many impositions on Janie, “Have some sympathy fuh me. Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20).
Joy Luck Club Final Essay Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club shows the reader the oppression Chinese women in the 1930s faced. Women in China during the 1930s were taught to be submissive and to swallow their own anguish but yet to be strong willed, within the home, and raise their children right. Many women though had no rights outside the home and were prosecuted or shunned if they had disregarded these beliefs. Tan’s work of fictional stories shows historical accuracy throughout. Women were often taught to be quiet and discreet; to not make a sound.
In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan writes about the intergenerational struggle between the mothers and daughters. This emcompasses the daughters’ modern day life complications such as marriage and money and the mother's old-fashioned wishes such as, following parental orders and honoring the family. Based on the following quote the theme of shame is crystal clear: “But my mother's expression was what devastated me: a quiet, blank look that said she had lost everything” (Tan 140). Jing-Mei Woo had failed her
Since she had no friend and the family, she felt more Lonely. This actually leads to other part of story, where she is going to Hong Kong see her brother, on the way however was forced to get adopted. She got force adopted to a family, where they treated her like if she wasn’t human, also she couldn’t see her brother again forever until she died. For her, Jack was the only family that she had, it break her heart when Jack tried to reject everything from his mother food, culture, paper menagerie and even talking to his mother. “can you understand how it felt when you stopped talking to me and won’t let me talk to you in Chinese?
As for Jing-Mei and her mother, their sacrifice came from the cultural clashes in which conflicting beliefs held by the mother and the daughter resulted in a broken family relationship. She wished for her daughter success and fame, and she made every endeavour to realize her prodigy child dream, doing unpaid housekeeping work in order to afford piano lessons for Jing-Mei, not to mention leaving behind everything she had in China: her whole family, including her twin baby daughters when she departed to America. Ironically, the liberal, self-asserting values that America has