This essay analyzes “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan, that is one of the most interesting stories and that have the capacity to capture the attention of any audience, particularly of those from a multicultural background. This poignant story revolves around the lives of four Chinese women…
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This essay demonstrates that the four families consisting of four mothers and four daughters shift in the tragic sands of time where they experience bitterness and unspeakable loss. Instead of despairing and brooding over their losses, these brave women bond together in ‘The Joy Luck Club” to cheer each other on, raise spirits and also some money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable."Tan is a storyteller astute in her approach spinning an inextricable web for her readers, making it impossible for them not to immerse into the lives and experiences of all her characters. She very deftly handles the most sensitive moments between mothers and daughters as they try their best to unravel the many mysteries that surround them. Inevitably, they get entwined in the mesh of trans-culturalism which they are powerless to avoid.Each of the mothers strives with difficulty to explain their roots to their daughters and expects them not to lose sight of their own traditions and cultures. They despair at the attitude exhibited by their daughters who have long past crossed this divide and have learned to accept themselves as they are, i.e. ‘American’. The process of transformation and assimilation spans over a period of sixty to eighty years and finally culminates in 1980 when the book got published. The lives of the younger generation of Chinese immigrants are largely revolutionized as they have accepted and adopted the American lifestyle completely.
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