Shame is a very powerful and social emotion that has been also classified as a form of physical pain. According to Alan Fogel, Ph.D., “When people feel emotional pain, the same areas of the brain get activated as when people feel physical pain…” Additionally, it requires an audience: someone cannot actually experience shame without having people around them. Shame is an evident theme that occurs frequently in the novels: The Joy Luck Club and Flight.
In William’s narrative essay, “Why I Write” she informs a wide range of metaphors of why she writes and how she feels about it. To begin with, she expresses herself by using the metaphor “I write with a knife carving each word from the generosity of trees”. ( William’s 7). With this intention, She is comparing carving to writing and when she says “ generosity of trees ” she means the paper that she uses to write on comes from the generous trees. William’s feels a sense of joy whenever she writes and she thanks the trees for that.
Do you yourself believe you could play the game of life by following the original rules or switching it up? As i read through the story, “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan, it informs me of so many different personalities and desires between these mothers and daughters. A certain set of mothers and daughters were Waverly and her mother Lindo Jong. Waverly and her mother have these personalities that might remind one of the abilities of chess board pieces because Lindo is like a pawn that knows her limits, Waverly acts as a Knight by being different from her mother but wanting to have the same result, and Lindo has the power of self control, knowing when to go and when not to go like the Queen, the most important piece in chess.
Writer, Amy Tan, in her biographical essay, “Mother Tongue”, conveys her message on her and her mother past experiences when she was a child. Also expressing her feelings about the situations and how it opened her eyes now as an adult. In this essay Amy accounts for all the hard times her and her mother endured because of “Broken English”, which is poorly spoken or ill-written English. The purpose of the essay is to make the reader analyze not what someone is saying but the meaning of it. The intended audience is anyone who is trying to make those who discriminate against those who speak in broken English identify with not what is being said but what the thing being said means.
The relationships between the mothers and daughters in both Amy Chua’s memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom and Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club differ in their own ways. In Chua’s memoir we can see that the story is in her point of view as a mother who is raising her daughter Lulu to play the violin. In Tan’s novel she is a child of a strict mother who forces her to play the piano. The different interactions between the mother and daughter in these two excerpt allow us to see the full relationship between them.
Between a mother and her daughter, there is a special bond held, a bond like no other where a mother learns to value the qualities of selflessness and compassion, love and sacrifice. The novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan all has to do with the lives of a mother and her daughter and how the mother’s duty is often reflected from her past life and experiences that are then used for the creation of a more successful and meaningful life for their daughters. Even through the difficulties a mother had and continues to face, it is her duty to teach her daughter the important values of life and represent protection and empowerment. The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, illustrates what life is like for many foreigners in America who are trying to give their child the opportunities they most likely did not have themselves as children.
Identity crisis is something everybody faced in their lifetime. The feeling of not knowing oneself is absolutely confusing and, at the same time, terrifying. In this passage, Meena Alexander discussed her exploration with her fractured identity. She exposed what she felt during her identity crisis./
Amy Tan’s book, The Joy Luck Club, teaches the reader many lessons about family values and trust in one another. The most important lesson is that of the relationship between mothers and daughters. Tan makes important statements about the need daughters have to live up to their mother’s expectations, and their want for love from them. Not only that, she also tries to teach the reader that the connection between a mother and daughter is incredibly strong. An-Mei says to June, “Not know your own mother?
Amy Tan’s novel “The joy luck club” highlights the significant struggles between Immigrant mothers’ and American-born daughters’ through their cultural barriers. Telling the different stories through the characters eyes about being raised in two different worlds. The mothers’ struggle to instil their American-born daughters with an understanding of their Chinese heritage. Also the daughters’ denial of their mothers’ attempts to assimilate their daughters’ into their Chinese heritage. They view their mothers’ as critical and mistaking their sentiment as the mothers’ failures to understand their own attitudes and ideals.
An exhausted, young woman walks the side of the road, heaving a baby in each arm with two loaded bags containing her only food. She reaches her limit, places the girls under a tree, and walks away with the two bags of rice, unaware that she would reunite with her abandoned daughters almost 40 years later. A powerful story, such as this, is one of the many contained within The Joy Luck Club. Amy Tan writes this particular chapter based on a similar event involving her mothers' escape from Communism and the desertion of her two daughters. Upon doing so, she also introduces eight other stories.