Analysis Of Amy Tan 's The Joy Luck Club, Homer 's Odyssey

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Elbert Hubbard once said “Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that. In Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, Homer’s The Odyssey translated by Robert Fagles, and Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, hope and expectation illustrate the thin line between success and utter destruction in which hope and expectation are found. Characters such as Junior, and Penelope have begun to master the art of hope, while characters such as June have people around her that lower her standards. Success is found in a perfect happy medium where the people that are surrounding the main character raise the standards of life. Through the analysis of a multitude of characters, it is prominent that when expectations are not even thought of, and when hope ranges between the two extremes (high and low), failure is probable; however, when expectations are set, and hope is reachable, a compromise between high and low expectations is achieved, resulting in success.
When expectation is not considered, the demise of faith begins to appear rapidly, and the character’s hopes and dreams begin to fade. Hope and expectation cause people to be dependent on the people around them. An example of this is when Alexie writes “Seriously, I know my mother and father had their dreams when they were kids. They dreamed about being something other than poor, but they never got the chance to be anything because nobody paid attention to their dreams” (Alexie 11). The…

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