Summary Of Amy Tan's 'Joy Luck Club'

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In the Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan magnifies the elements of how people view postmodernism and uses her own depiction of the world to explore the connection between the Chinese mothers and their daughters. Throughout Tan’s novel, Joy Luck Club utilizes fragmentation, the breakdown of plot, character and themes into small or separate parts by connecting four main sections told from the viewpoint of four Chinese mothers and their Chinese American daughter's. All of which sections revolve around the theme of making sense of their identities, influenced by the generation gaps and relationships between between the Chinese parents and their children. Through this message, Tan offers the reader an understanding of the Chinese historical context by combining these sections from different perspectives through the usage of a postmodern convention that challenges the boundaries between traditional thinking and modernism. Throughout her novel, Tan exploits the aspects of fragmentation, to explore the novel’s search for identity, while highlighting differences between the cultures of America and China. When comparing China to America, arranged marriages were common practice especially for families to rise in power or money; in contrast, this practice is absent in American culture. Those affected by this practice, felt unhappy with their loveless marriages because they were unable to make their own decisions. Before Lindo Jong had moved to America, she found herself in this similar
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