"The Joy Luck Club" Book Review by Writing Specialists

"The Joy Luck Club"
A discussion of Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club".
# 92481 | 1,560 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 21, 2007 in English (Analysis) , Literature (General)

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This paper discusses the main theme of "The Joy Luck Club", the quest for identity. It explains how the discovery of one's identity may be achieved by exploring the mother and daughter characters in her work. The paper also expands on Tan's unique writing style. The author of the paper offers quotes from the text to quantify points made.

From the Paper:

"In the short story, "The Joy Luck Club," we see the mothers change from being passive and meek to confident and strong women. Through remembering, they understand the difference that exists between who they are and who they thought they should be. Xu's example of Suyuan Woo illustrates this point when she forms the joy luck club. Suyuan is firm when it comes to making the best life for herself. Through this type of determination and memory, she copes the best way she can. For instance, she says, "What was worse, we asked among ourselves, to sit and wait for our own deaths with somber faces? Or to choose our own happiness?" (Tan 12). This scene allows us to see that she is taking what she knows from the past and applying it to her present situation to make a decision that will improve her life."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Scarlet Cheng. "Your Mother is in Your Bones." Belles Lettres. IV.IV. 1989. GALE Resource Database. <http://www.infotrac.galegroup.com> Site Accessed August 6, 2006.
  • Hamilton, Patricia. "Feng Shui, Astrology, and the Five Elements:Traditional Chinese Belief in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club."
  • Melus, 0163755X. 1999. 24.2. EBSCO Resource Database. <http://search.epnet.com> Site Accessed August 6, 2006
  • Henrickson, Shu-Huei. "An overview of The Joy Luck Club." Exploring Novels. 1998. Gale. GALE Resource Database. <http://www.infotrac.galegroup.com> Site Accessed August 6, 2006.
  • Tan, Amy. "The Joy Luck Club." New York: Ivy Books. 1989.

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