The author writes with cyclical elements to show that mothers and daughters may be more alike than they may seem The theme of Marriage and Divorce is cyclical because two of the daughters get divorced, and one has great deal of problems in her marriage. In The Joy Luck Club, the daughters start learning how to stand up for themselves to their partners. Rose Hsu Jordan finally tells her soon to be ex-husband that she wants their old house, and she is willing to fight for herself (Tan 196). Lena St. Clair tells her husband Harold that she isn’t happy with their marriage (Tan 164). The daughters don’t think their mothers have substantial advice to give them about their relationship issues, but they realize their mothers are wiser than they thought.
However, she could have willingly escaped this confinement because her father was no longer there to set rules for her. Instead, she “went out very little” (Faulkner 53). Because Emily made the choice to stay hidden from the townspeople even though her father’s presence was long gone, she was creating an antagonist upon herself. According to Ray B. West, Jr., “when as in A Rose For Emily, the world depicted is a confusion between the past and the present, the atmosphere is one of distortion-of unreality” (par.3).
Living in America as a Chinese immigrant, Jing-mei 's mother plants her dreams of American success on the shoulders of her daughter. On the other hand, being born into this country, Jing-mei is against wanting to live up to the expectations her mother sets on her. Two kinds reveal two different sides of the cultural spectrum, and their opposing view towards their values. Jing-mei 's mother felt like an outcast existing in a dominate population. Grasping the same idea, she held onto her hard time back in her home.
Yolanda “…never felt at home in the States…” (Alvarez 1304) and is experiencing the same alienation feelings with her family. This leads to her antojos of guavas as she tries to reconnect with her heritage. Yolanda’s greatest conflict is finding her place in Dominican and American culture and her identity. She could never fully assimilate in American culture and way of life because of her strong Dominican background. Over the years of fitting in, she enjoyed her independence but believed it “…didn’t have to be an exile…” (Alvarez 1304) from her native ways.
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).
In the story, A Pair of Tickets, Suyuan, was not happy because she couldn’t relocate her twins from China while Jing-Mei is denying her Chinese heritage and becoming Americanized. After her death, Jing-Mie at age 30 was struggling to reconnect with her roots and had many questions about her identity. Luckily, she relocated her lost twins sisters and finally discovered her identity; Chinese. Nevertheless, the little girl in the story Volar wants to fit in the society where she was different and having difficulty fitting in. However, she was becoming someone else in a dream abandoning her old identity.
The plot of a piece of literature contains every event and action that takes place within that piece. The Joy Luck Club contains many different stories, but their plots all entail the issue of cultural identity. For example, June notices the distress within the mothers of the novel once she tells them that because her mother had passed away, she has nothing to pass on to her children. June thinks, “What will I say?… They see their own daughters, just as ignorant… who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese… who will bear grandchildren born without any connecting hope passed from generation to generation” (Tan 31). June points out a very significant fact: because the American-born daughters “grow impatient” whenever their mothers are
The Rebellious Daughter: Analyzing the Theme of Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds” The story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan explores the deep familial emotions between a mother and her daughter. Jing-Mei’s mother had left China to come to America after losing her family, and had been raising Jing-Mei in America with her second husband. Despite her mother’s grand hopes for Jing-Mei to become successful in America by becoming a child prodigy, Jing-Mei did not share the same opinions. This disagreement quickly became a source of resentment and anger for both of them, but Jing-Mei and her mother were unable to resolve this conflict because of their different backgrounds and experiences. The story showcases how relationships between mothers and daughters can be strained because of differences in culture and a lack of communication.
Elizabeth Wong wrote The Struggle to Be an All-American Girl, explaining her personal conflict growing up in a bicultural atmosphere the essay goes on about Wong’s mother with her personal conflict as well being criticized by her son reason that she had an accent when she would speak English and it would make her sound choppy. Living with a bicultural family can be amazing however, with it, it can be controversial with several individuals, in ways it can affect daily life. Elizabeth Wong had a difficult time trying to adjust to Chinese school, and the Chinese culture similar for her mother also had a difficult task trying to speak proper English with her son having to correct multiple times or mocking her because she had difficulty trying to
Mary was an unorthodox mother who was often swaying back and forth between the temptation to pursue her selfish endeavor of becoming an artist and her duty as a mother to assume responsibility and support her family. This constant feud resulted in the entire family losing faith in her and becoming distraught. Jeannette’s mother was one of the key factors that contributed in the plan for her and her older sister, Lori to move to New York and start a fresh life there. It was with the realization that the only method in which they can prosper and live a good life was to leave their parents and start a life anew. Jeannette and Lori realized that they must think logically and think about progressing in life although this plan may not comply with the ideal plan of living together as an amalgamated
Since its incarnation, immigrants have flocked from around the globe to the United States to experience The American Dream. It was this hopefulness the drove the country to success and turned many people from rags to riches. On his Tour de America, Alexis Tocqueville was enthralled by the America spirit and its impulse towards equality and freedom. Tocqueville believed that the US was founded upon principles that made it incompatible with the idea of an aristocracy. In his opinion, the US represented a bastion of democracy.