While also being a Chinese American, Tan contributes to the novel with intuitive composition, allowing mothers and daughters to holistically relate to this topic. Tan portrays differentiation through generations, ultimately exhibiting a clash in cultural ideologies as the represented American-born daughters attempt to discover their own identity, causing dysfunctional relationships and a struggle to find one’s true self. Tan’s purpose for conveying this message was to reveal the difficulties many families go through when simultaneously immigrating and adapting to a completely new lifestyle. In essence, cultural conflicts fracture the connection that these Chinese women possess with their Chinese American daughters. Throughout the novel, broken relationships arise as disagreements occur in an attempt to merge two distinct types of
Tan sets all her novels within the circle of the Chinese American family and inside the minds and psyches of the family members. Tan takes her readers into pre-Communist Chinese society in which the aristocratic family is the visible evidence of unwritten rules that require absolute filial piety, that sanction hierarchies based on gender and class, that condone concubinage and the virtual enslavement of women within arranged marriages, and that stress above everything else the importance of saving face rather than self. The interior landscapes are connected, for in Old China lie the seeds of the conflicts that threaten to rend the fragile bonds holding the immigrant family together and only when the second generation recognizes and understands the ancestral landscape can the generational tensions be dissipated and replaced with genuine hope for a future that includes the family’s entire heritage. In The Joy Luck Club, Tan tries to recreate through the memory of the Chinese immigrant mothers and so the Chinese settings seems slightly unreal, very much like artfully planned and executed stage settings. This sense of careful design enhances Tan’s portrayal of traditional china with its rigidly structured hierarchies and social structures, its codified rituals, and its established protocols governing the lives of its people.
What effects do different cultures take on mothers (Chinese) and daughters (American) throughout the book? The book “The Joy Luck Club” takes on an interesting way to present it’s plot to readers. It consists of the telling of the stories of four Chinese mothers (before they immigrated to the United States) in the first four chapters. Following this is the stories of these mother’s daughters (again, in four chapters). This “organization” of the first half of the story is key to allow the reader to really delve into each character’s story, personality, traits, and their cultural aspects.
Intro What does it mean to have grown up in the Mao era? This book is a collection of memories by nine Chinese women who grew up during the Mao era and now live in the United States. The authors attend to gender in a way that most males have barely noticed and they also reflect and share their lives in the United States. In this book, it contains as varied as these women’s lives. The burgeoning rebellion of a young girl in northeast China.
Neel Khanna Mrs. Meahl IB English III August 11, 2014 Beginnings in The Woman Warrior The Woman Warrior is a collection of memoirs in which Maxine Hong Kingston writes about the people and events which help shape her thinking and her girlhood growing up as a Chinese-American. Kingston discusses these most salient events and idols in five separate chapters, including the first chapter in which Kingston reveals the fate of her father’s sister to place the reader in the midst of things, effectively grabbing the reader’s attention. The chapter progresses forward with the introduction of the themes of fear, bravery and the Chinese culture, all of which resound throughout the book. By beginning her book with an important moment in Kingston’s
Asian American Cathy Song drew closer to her Korean-Chinese ancestry, and was able to describe in a clear image of the two women she represent, one being the industrial American women and the other one being the Chinese caretaker. Cathy Song was born and raised in Hawaii making her an American by birth right. This fact did not keep her from engulfing her Korean-Chinese heritage. In the poem “Lost Sister”, Song isolates a young girl who struggles to find who she truly is in China, because of all the restrictions. The young girl wants to go to America to seek a needed fulfilment.
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.
Amy Tan, an American storyteller draws on her Chinese heritage to explore the language’s impact through her essay, Mother Tongue. In Mother Tongue, Tan explores her mother-daughter relationship and the struggles of speaking broken English. Amy Tan describes the embarrassment of her Mother’s English, “Just last week, I was walking down the street with my mother, and I again found myself conscious of the English I was using, the English I do use with
Torres 3 Marlon Torres Professor Canton English 103 26 January 2018 Roman Fever The Roman Fever is a short story written by an American author known as Edith Wharton in 1934. The story was first published in the Liberty Magazine and later it was included in the final short-story collection by Wharton known as The World Over. The story focuses on two American women who are in their middle age; Grace Ansley and Alida Slade, who went on a trip to Rome. The story centers on the long-time rivalry between the two women and also how the competition shaped both their lives and even the lives of their daughters. During the trip, there are revelations of the long-held secrets, and they call them to questioning all their beliefs they had that shaped their conflicts and also their lives.
Abstract: For a long time, it is a research highlight in the aspect of differences of status between Chinese and Western women in their marriages. Although, female’s positions of marriage depend on the social system and historical background, it presents the feature that women are living in a disadvantageous position in their marriages. To this situation, by the method of using the main character’s marriage in Dream of Red Mansions and Down-ton Abbey as examples, this article tries to make a literature review about the topic of woman’s marital status on the base of the recognition of woman’s weak position. Besides, this review will try to classify and analyze the status of Chinese and Western women in their marriages by summarizing the newest