The Joy Luck Club Research Paper

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The Family Aspects of Generation As one grows, the perspectives on life and issues grow as well, no matter the gender. In The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, the author demonstrates generationally influenced events with her novel’s characters. The novel is set about Chinese-born mothers and their American daughters living in the USA. Divided into sixteen parts and using the four different mothers and daughters as the narrators, the novel illustrates the complexity of the relationships between the two. In the first four parts of the novel, the mothers describe their relations with their daughters, then the daughters explain theirs for the next eight, leaving the mothers to narrate the last four parts. The mothers, An-Mei, Suyuan, Lindo, and Ying-Ying, mostly concern over their daughters’ lack of following their own Chinese cultures and regulations, including marrying a Chinese man. The daughters, Rose, Jing-Mei, Waverly, and Lena, on the other hand, use flashbacks to relate to their current issues with their mother and interpret the ways that their mothers have handled it to make their situations more tamable. Later, the daughters then use the…show more content…
Rose is struggling to tell her mother that she's not interested in marrying a Chinese man and prefers to marry Ted, an American. “’He is American,’ warned my mother, as if I'm too blind to notice…’I'm American too,’ I said. ‘And it’s not as if I’m going to or something’” (117). Rose confesses that she doesn’t want to get married to a Chinese man. This shows Rose’s competitive side among her and her romantic life. She wants to change her future life, so one could call this a generational situation. Most people, of the younger ages, want change and want to go in their own ways. Rose simply wants to love her life and not feel forced to do something she doesn't want to get

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