Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club explores the conflicts between two generations and two different cultures. Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club is a novel that touches upon the relationships and conflicts of Chinese mothers and their American raised daughters. As my essay will prove the split from one generation and the other relates to the process of Americanization that the daughters undergo, as well as the values and Chinese heritage that the mothers refuse to let go off. These factors will cause mutual suffering and in the end a generational gap between the two groups. The resulting generational gap animates the narrative, as mothers and daughters seek to appreciate each other, and their individual efforts diminish and contain the traumas depicted as precise of the maternal, Chinese culture.
Her higher education level is only a path to marry better.A qualified woman should be tolerant towards the demand of her husband, parents and the society.These gender stereotypes rooted in the Chinese history are like fog, numbing and redirecting the self-revolution of Chinese female.LI Ruijue,a relatively minor character in Ba Jin’s masterpiece:Family, represents a brand group of female who are situating their gender role all life long as a typical eastern lady:they are imprisoned in the exquisite house,staying far away from the noises in the outside world,they learn the" three obedience and four virtues" along with the basic knowledge of poem-writing in their early childhood.The influence of this sort of knowledge pushed them to bear the heavy burden of old morals and norms3（Zhou, F. (1999). Research on tragic female characters in the modern Chinese literature）. Ruijue is a typical female literature character,whose gender role is all obedient to the traditional gender stereotypes,she was forced to marry with someone she didn’t know,she calmly accepted the superstitious arrangement on her bearing baby in the rural village,which finally leads to her tragic destiny of dying in
In contrary previously, “the government officials and officers were chosen from the families of nobility, and generally through official recommendations” and Empress Wu carried on the tradition of the Tang Dynasty of skill over connection when receiving a job or a promotion. This proved that she believed in merit of a government and wanted the best for the Chinese government and the Chinese people. The ideas of merit within a government were an honorable act of a leader. However, many nobles did not like the ideas of meritocracy in the government, especially when the orders on how the government was going to run was coming from a woman. Many of the noble people believed that Empress Wu was trying to crush families with a good name, money, and connections.
Sourdi didn’t say anything against it because she grew up seeing this culture. Instead of rebelling against her mother she was very submissive. In Qi Wang’s article, she indicates “Observation of Chinese immigrant families has suggested that many parents…actively preserve traditional Chinese values and practices” (pg.186). Any immigrant parents would want their children to learn and value their culture before they learn the American culture. Just like any other immigrant parents, Sourdi’s mother also wanted her to follow her native culture first and live her life in her mother’s way without
As Launius mentions the play focuses more on the “gendered aspects of the American Dream”, meaning what does a successful women or man look like in a capitalist society (Launius). One thing I admired about the film is how Anna distinguished herself from these “gendered aspects”, she was not ashamed of who she was nor what she looked like, on the contrary her mother was, yet this did not stop Anna from achieving her goals (Launius). At the end of the play, it is confirmed that Anna went to college and became the journalist she always hoped to be. Not only was
In 1976 - 1997, PRC after Mao, the role of women had improved even more. During the Reform and Opening up, women can run their own business freely like men starting from 1978. Because of this, in 1997, in the list of the richest women around the world, over half of the women on the list are Chinese. In conclusion, I think it is a progress for the Role of Women in 1900 - 1997, this is because when the Communist were in control of China, they have banned lots of rules that are bad for women such as Child girls working as servant. Also, 1949 was a turning point of the role of women because there were lots of new laws that are good for women pursued.
The mothers wanted their daughters to keep their Chinese heritage and culture, but also take advantage of the opportunities they have in America. The daughters were often ashamed of their Chinese heritage, and the way that their mothers acted. Lindo Jong, the mother of Waverly, says, “But inside I am becoming ashamed. I am ashamed that she is ashamed. Because she is my daughter and I am proud of her, and I am her mother and she is not proud of me”(The Joy Luck Club 255).
Atwood parodies the way some of the religious right may perceive women in which they are important for creating life by introducing handmaids, women who have been reduced into only their procreative purposes. Another technique that was used is when she parodies the way traditional families’ wives take on the names of their husband. In the story, handmaids are named “Of” plus the name of their commander, criticizing how changing the surnames makes it seem like the men are the owners of the women. The way these issues were satirized in the story are effective because of the role of the main character. It would be difficult to not sympathize with a victim of a totalitarian society that oppresses women to a much greater extent than to that of men.
Her thoughts take precedence over images, Instead of being given lovely images of her children, the reader is left to imagine the fleeting moments of mother-child interaction. Unlike with the idealized relationships of Madame Ratignolle, much of Edna’s raising of her children is out of necessity and they are simply a force that keeps Edna from having her own individuality. In the society represented in The Awakening, it is clear that mothers who err from the patterns of married female behavior are frowned upon by their husbands. Chopin also makes it clear that the husbands in the book, especially Edna’s husband Leonce, feel that it is necessary to intervene in their wives lives, in order to make judgments of their profession as a mother and wife. In her husband’s relationship with Edna there is no question of his devotion to her, but the reader cannot ignore the issue of economics that continually comes up anytime he finds himself dissatisfied with his wife.
People, more than often women, are seen as merchandise in these warrior societies, and are given as tokens of peace; the name peace-weaver describes women in many of these warrior societies. “Ongentheow /Old and terrible…saved his own aged wife…/and kept hard on heels of the foe…” (2924, 2930- 2931, 2933) A war had reignited due to a king (Ongentheow) taking back what was stolen from him. Even though, he may have deserved it by the standards of warrior societies in the time period, because of the chaos his son’s caused after the Geat’s lost their king Hethrel. Breaking the peace that was thought to be between the Geats and Swedes, war again is chosen over peace. War is exacted as revenge for revenge that was exacted over a war that was started out of hate, and just like that a continuous cycle of war begins.
Nineteenth century America was a time when women were expected to follow the cult of domesticity, a widely accepted opinion at the time. While fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and other male loved ones went off to fight in the American Civil War, women were left behind to take care of the remaining members of the family. “It was in the home that woman’s influence was paramount and her position assured.” For some women, this was enough, however, there were others who were not satisfied with this idea, and felt as though they were meant to become something more. However, there were some opportunities for women to step outside of the social customs and gender roles of the time. In fact, “the Civil War dramatically tested those boundaries of