Scar By Amy Tan Essay

Essay on Clash of Cultures Portrayed in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

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Clash of Cultures Portrayed in The Joy Luck Club

The environment in which one grows up molds their character and behavior. The four daughters portrayed in The Joy Luck Club are of Chinese descent, yet they are not Chinese. The daughters speak in English, not the language of their mothers, Mandarin. The daughters are addressed by their English names, or they do not have a Chinese name at all. They think as Americans and have little memory of their Chinese thinking, customs or traditions.

" In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all the truths and hopes they have bought to America. They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Fractured English. They see that joy and…show more content…

However, June, in the end, chose to disobey her mother, talked back to her, even shouted at her, " I wish I wasn't your daughter. I wish you weren't my mother. Then I wish I'd never been born! I wish I were dead! Like them.". this is not the act of a Chinese daughter, a Chinese daughter can never talk back.

When Lindo showed Waverly off, she was proud of her daughter for winning the chess competitions and being a chess champion, yet Waverly take it that her mother is a show-off, " I wish you wouldn't do that, telling everyone that I'm your daughter". In the Chinese way of thinking, a Chinese daughter would want her mother to be proud of her and would strive her best to achieve it. Waverly dared to scold her mother, " Why do you have to use me to show off? If you want to show off, why don't you learn to play chess" and ran away from home. If a Chinese daughter ran away from home, it meant that the family will disown her, treat her as an outcaste, never accepting her and never allowed to come back. Yet, Waverly took the American way of rebelling against her mother, not only running away, but plot herself against her own mother later and "pondered my next move".

In "The Voice From The Wall" told by Lena St Clair, she has been using her American mind, asking what exactly happened to the beggar who was sentenced to die the death of a thousand cuts. When asked, her mother

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The Importance of History and Culture in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club

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The Importance of History and Culture in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club

The impact of history and culture on an individual's life is tremendous. History plays a large role in forming an individual because it helps them develop morals, ideals, and goals in life. It begins the process of finding an identity. The past is never forgotten because it leaves marks on ones life as a scar does to ones body. It may go unseen physically, but the emotional effects it produces last a lifetime, and can continue on for generations to come.

The women in the novel, The Joy Luck Club, deal with all of the good and the bad that their history and culture have to offer. At times they experience difficulties because the mothers and daughters,…show more content…

Later she realized that she had to tell her daughter who, in fact, her mother really was. She says, “Now I must tell my daughter everything. That she is the daughter of a ghost. She has no chi. This is my greatest shame. How can I leave this world without leaving her my spirit (Tan, 286)”.

“She saw her mother as a weaken minded women who needed her help. She learned American ways and thought of herself as more suitable then her mother to American life. However, conversely, her mother saw the fragility of Lena’s marriage and happiness (Thuan Thi Do)”.

Later in the story, Lena tells of the difficulty in her marriage. She’s afraid to tell her mother of these troubles because she doesn’t think that her mother will understand. But before she can even tell her mother about her troubles, she finds out that her mother already knows. This troubled relationship brings Ying-Ying back to the days when she herself was in the same position. She went through an awful marriage that changed her life forever. Because of this marriage she lost her spirit. By telling Lena of her history, who she was, Ying-Ying knows that her daughter will be able to find herself. The repetition of sharing ones history and teaching a culture is very important, and is something that is passed down from generation to generation.

Lindo Jong is another character who uses her past to teach her daughter about life. Lindo

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