Mother Daughter Relationship In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

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Mother daughter relationship has always been special. They are close to each other and understand each other very well. For a mother, daughter is just an extension of her, a part of her. 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. Its a story about four Immigrant mothers fulfilling their duties as mothers. Sacrifice, caring, and loyalty these are the qualities of a mother. A mother occupies the highest and the most indispensable place in the home due to the following virtues. All the sacrifices are for the petulance of the American daughters, who do not value their mothers’ generosities. In their Chinese culture the mother always makes sacrifices for her…show more content…
The loyalty and selflessness of the mothers ' devotion speaks to the force of the bond between parent and daughter. In "The Red Candle" Lindo complains"I once sacrificed my life to keep my parents’ promise. This means nothing to you, because to you promises mean nothing"(49). When she says "this means nothing to you" Lindo 's tone is clearly frustrated because she is making accusations. she compares her daughter 's loyalty to her against her own loyalty to her own parents, and concludes that Waverly is somehow an inferior daughter. Lindo 's speech shows the strengths, but also the limits, of the mother-daughter relationship. Daughters show incredible loyalty to their parents, and vice-versa, but sometimes, such loyalty can fade away, or be placed behind other priorities and it 's irrational for a parent to demand total loyalty of her daughter. Sacrifice and promises mean different things to the two generations of women. For the younger generation, there is rarely any consequence to not following through on a promise. Lindo worries that her granddaughter will continue the pattern of making worthless promises, rather than respecting the Chinese value
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