Analysis: The Joy Luck Club

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A recent event in the news is the drowning of a two-year-old boy in a Disney Resort lagoon after he was snatched by alligators on June 14th, 2016. This is reminiscent of two stories in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan: Bing Hsu’s drowning and Ying-ying falling off a boat as a child. New York Times reporters Nick Madigan and Christine Hauser write in their article “Divers Find Body of Toddler Snatched by Alligator at Disney Resort” that neither the toddler’s father nor a lifeguard could save him from the alligator’s jaws. The boy’s family was watching fireworks while he was wading in the lagoon, not paying attention to his safety. Similarly, An-mei, Bing’s mother, cannot save Bing from drowning despite attempts to pacify “the Coiling Dragon” that

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