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Mother In The Joy Luck Club

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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. The story touches on a very common struggle in America, that between mother and daughter, in which the daughter never feels good enough for her mother. Also present is the struggle Jing-Mei has with herself

In the story “Magpies” between An-mei Hsu and her mother, An-mei’s mother expresses her role as a “mother” by protecting her daughter from deception. When An-mei’s mother discovers An-mei is wearing a
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Ying-Ying St. Clair being the mother of Lena St. Clair, comes from a rough past that causes her to be overly-cautious and wary of Lena at all times. In “The Voice from the Wall” Ying-Ying states, “ “Don’t look at her,” said my mother as we walked through Chinatown in Oakland. She had grabbed my hand and pulled me close to her body”( Tan 105). Ying-Ying’s decision to pull Lena “close to her body” represents the idea of keeping innocence of childhood intact. Ying-Ying’s motive was to avoid the ugly truth of what occurs on the streets; she did not want her daughter to have a vision of such unpleasantry in her
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