Conflicts Resolved in the Joy Luck Club

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“The most difficult thing in life is to know your self.” This quote stated by Thales, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Miletus, adequately describes the posing conflicts in Amy Tan’s novel, The Joy Luck Club. The desire to find ones true identity, along with the reconciliation of their Chinese culture and their American surroundings, is a largely significant conflict among the characters of the novel. In the discovery of ones individuality develops a plethora of conflicts involving the theme of a lack of communication and misinterpretation of one another. Although, as time progresses, the various conflicts of the characters in The Joy Luck Club that pose major threats to a flourishing mother-daughter relationship are resolved with an…show more content…
Stemming from the conflict of the desire to find one’s identity develops the theme of the lack of communication among mother and daughter. “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” This quote said by the American writer and professional speaker, Anthony Robbins, effectively describes the conflict of communication among the characters of The Joy Luck Club. Each of the four mothers and daughters demonstrates the problematic situation of talking to and understanding one another. For example, Jing-Mei and her mother Suyuan have different views of their Chinese culture. Suyuan is proud to have been born a Chinese woman and refuses to let go of her roots, continuing traditions after immigrating to America. On the other hand, Jing-Mei is embarrassed of her mothers pride and shows little interest in her heritage, due to being born and raised in America. The differences in attitudes of mother and daughter toward their Chinese heritage, makes it difficult to relate to one another. Suyuan has also undergone much suffering in her lifetime and cannot empathize with Jing-Mei’s lighthearted attitude. In addition, Amy Tan had the same problem with her mother. In her essay “Mother Tongue” she says, “I know this for a

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