Bond between Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

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Bond between Mothers and Daughters Explored in The Joy Luck Club Throughout the novel, The Joy Luck Club, author Amy Tan explores the issues of tradition and change and the impact they have on the bond between mothers and daughters. The theme is developed through eight women that tell their separate stories, which meld into four pairs of mother-daughter relationships. The Chinese mothers, so concentrated on the cultures of their own, don't want to realize what is going on around them. They don't want to accept the fact that their daughters are growing up in a culture so different from their own. Lindo Jong, says to her daughter, Waverly- "I once sacrificed my life to keep my parents' promise. This means nothing to…show more content…
"You already know how. Don't need talent for crying!"(Tan 141-142) Through this, and other attempts at making little Jing-Mei famous, such as cutting her hair, getting her a piano, and forcing her to play it, Jing-Mei realizes that "...unlike my mother, I did not believe that I could be anything I wanted to be. I could only be me."(Tan 154) Rose Hsu Jordan relates the story where her mother throws a precious stone into the sea, in hopes that the "sea-monster" would give back her baby boy who had, hours earlier, fallen to his death. She offered the jewel as an offering, since the "ring of watery blue sapphire"(Tan 137) caused other women to gaze admiringly, and covetously upon the ring, and made them forget about the children that they were protecting, possibly the ring would make the monster forgetful of her child, and give him back. Although Lena knew this was a foolish thing to do, throw an expensive ring out into the ocean, never to have it back, she somehow sensed that it essential for her mother to throw the stone, and along with it, her last hope for her lost child. Waverly Jong tells the story Waverly Jong takes her mother, Lindo Jong to go to a beauty salon. Waverly suggests to the 'hip, fashionable, expensive, hard-to-book' hairdresser that she wants it dyed "not this hideous purple-black, like
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