Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

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“But she never looked back with regret. There were so many ways for things to get better.” This quote is from Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club. Amy Tan had many downfalls in her life, yet she still accomplished many achievements. She was, and still is, a famous successful writer. Through the quote above, Tan is saying that no matter the hard times that come into life, there is always something better in the future. Amy Tan affected American history and literature by showing her audience through her writings the struggle of being an Asian American, and she proved that it is important to be determined and to be able to recover from hard times in order survive. Tan shows how she overcame many hard times in her life through her many writings. During the contemporary literature time period, three major historical events took place: World War II, the Cold War, and impact of technology on the economy (Beers and Odell 794-795). All three impacted the writings of Amy Tan and the other literature of this period. American culture was no longer identified with one group or class. There was more emphasis on cultural and ethnic inclusion and this diversity was reflected in the literature of…show more content…
It is a story of pride, the relationship between a mother and her daughter, and a child's need to find her own independence (Beers and Odell 920). The mother’s pride is evident when she wants the son to return the used chess set She feels that if it wasn’t good enough for the person who gave it away, it isn’t good enough for them. Her pride is wounded. The rules of the game of chess represent the rules of the relationship between Waverly and her mother. When Waverly breaks the rules with her mother, her mother gains the upper hand. Waverly has her own pride and doesn't want her mother to show her off so she breaks the rules to try and find her independence (Beers and Odell
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