Essay about Conflicts in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

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Joy Luck Club Conflicts Many Misconceptions and Delusions Conflicts play a crucial role in novels. Without conflict, novels would be uninteresting and very dull. Conflicts are seen in many different forms, as internal conflicts, when a character must deal with private problems, and external conflicts, when a character must deal with problems originating from an external source, like another person or society in general. Some common conflicts seen in other novels are person versus society, as in The Scarlet Letter when Hester is forced to face her mistake of adultery due to the obsession of the unforgiving town. An example of an internal conflict is present within Animal Dreams, when Cody must decide where she belongs and…show more content…
Waverly realizes that her mother is only "an old woman... getting a little crabby as she waited patiently for her daughter to invite her in" (Tan 204). Waverly finally tells her mother about her life, especially about Rich, and they begin to get along better. Both must sacrifice a little pride to make the relationship work, but as they both do so, they grow closer and their relationship becomes stronger as a result. The second prominent conflict visible within this novel is between Lindo and Suyuan. These two women are supposedly best friends, yet their constant bickering and competition, which their children deem as "normal", seems to negate this fact. June, Suyuan's daughter, seems to know the truth: "Auntie Lin and my mother were both best friends and arch enemies who spent a lifetime comparing their children" (Tan 27). Waverly also agrees with June's observation of their mothers' friendship, simply stated as such: "They were very close, which meant they were ceaselessly tormenting each other with boasts and secrets" (Tan 194). Lindo and Suyuan spent most of their time comparing their cooking and their children, both believing that they were superior to the other. Suyuan and Lindo both believe that their own cooking skills greatly exceed the other's. Lindo seems to be the best cook of the two of them, considering that she "learned to cook so well
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