Improving Mother/Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club

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Improving Mother/Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club

One day everything is going great, in fact things could not be better and then you say something and your friend turns to you and says “oh my god, you sounded just like your mother”. That is when you freak out and think to yourself it is true I am turning into my mother. This is every daughters worst nightmare come true. When a young girl is growing up her mother always says and does things that the girl vows she will never say and do but she does. Very rarely do we see cases of women wanted to be like their mother but it usually happens even if they do not want it to. In the book The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan tells stories of four Chinese immigrant mothers and
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In the chapter Best Quality we Jing-Mei begins to see she is like her mother. The reader can see that she has the same qualities as her mother at the crab dinner. Jing-Mei takes the bad crab and immediately her mother trades with her. After dinner Suyuan says to her “only you pick that crab. Nobody else take it. I already know this. Everybody else want best quality. You think differently”(Tan 234). This shows that both mother and daughter think alike taking the bad crab and the mother sees the goodness in Jing-Mei’s heart and is very pleased but says so in her own way.

Mothers and daughters possess qualities,(Good Mothers/Bad Mothers) mothers really want their daughters to be like them but do not always say it. Mothers also hide things from their daughters like Suyuan did because she was afraid of hurting Jing-Mei but when she found out that she had two older sisters she was thrilled. Not only was she thrilled about having sisters but by finding them and seeing them she was living her mothers dream. The minute she leaves for China to see her sisters Jing-Mei says “I feel different. I can feel the skin on my forehead tingling, my blood rushing through a new course, my bones aching with a familiar old pain. And I think, my mother was right. I am becoming Chinese”(Tan
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