The next example of dynamics relationship between mother and daughter is almost at the end of the story when Waverly's mother forces her to the market on Saturday so she can constantly brag that Waverly is her daughter. This really embarrassed Waverly. She got so angry at her mother and told her that she wished that she would stop telling everyone Waverly is her daughter. Then she and her mother got into an argument, and Waverly ran away from her mother.
People don’t always get what they sometimes want in life you have to settle for second best. This statement could be a theme for the child in “Tight Times.” By Barbara Shook Hazen is faced with in the story. The story starts with a child whose name nor age is ever listed during the whole book wanting a pet dog and keeps asking why he can’t have a dog and then his dad explains they are going through tight times and couldn't afford a dog. After a while the parents have to talk, so they sent the kid outside and while outside the boy finds and cat brings it inside, and his parents say he can keep it and then it ends with him and his parents crying. This brought me to the conclusion that the theme was you can’t always get what you want but you
Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan offers some insight into the lives of Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-born daughters. Though the book provides the stories of four very different families, there are noticeable repetitions of the same themes and problems between them all. Tan shows recurring themes in all the families in order to show the similar struggles that all Chinese-American families, such as the one she grew up in, face.
I think to myself what if I had a fight with my mother? What if, the fight, I was in trouble? What would I do? After the chapter “ Rules of the Game ”, I think that I have a good idea on what Waverly will do next.
This song would play as Jing-Mei “June” Woo’s mother, Suyuan Woo, would make Jing-Mei try different things to see if there is something she is automatically good at. In the book Suyuan is certain her daughter has an unknown talent just waiting to be found for her to be discovered as a prodigy at something. She first tries making June a “Chinese Shirley Temple” putting curls in her hair and making her sing and dance. Next, they tried math, card tricks, head stands and then even predictions. June was not successful at any of them. As each day went by, over time the mom’s confidence decreased that her daughter would discover this hidden expert talent. June got frustrated at having to try all these different things that she wasn’t interested in.
Paul Eitler, friend, said: Tyler has a leadership attitude who also knows how to communicate with others.
In the book The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan June and Waverly go through very similar experiences. June had no desire to be good at playing the piano because she was not very good at it. Waverly was actually very good at playing chess and liked doing it. They are very different in this aspect because one of them is good at what they do while the other is not. Both girls were pushed very hard to be successful by their moms,but for different reasons. June was pushed hard by her mom because her mom wanted her to have a good life and be a prodigy. Waverly's mom pushed her hard because she wanted to show off Waverly to everyone. Both girls eventually grew tired of their moms always being on them and snapped. After doing poorly at a concert Junes mom
Lindo, shortly before her own marriage, finds an inner strength that carries her through the wedding and the marriage afterwards. Waverly, on the other hand, seems unable to hold her own identity. She feels as if her mother “blur[s] what I was seeing and transform him [Rich] from the divine man I thought he was into someone quite mundane, mortally wounded with tiresome habits and irritating imperfections.” (191). This causes a sense of resentment in Waverly, as she thinks her mother is shaping her into another version of herself. Her mother, before her own marriage, found inner strength and the ability to keep her own character regardless of the influence of others when she looked in the mirror. She decides, “I would always remember my parents’ wishes, but I would never forget myself.” (53). Where Lindo promises never to let another shape her character, Waverly feels as if she has no choice other than to bend to her mother’s wishes. These differences and conflicts show the stark differences between Lindo’s and Waverly’s relationship with their
Passage: “And then it occurs to me. They are frightened. In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all the truths and hopes they have brought to America.” (Tan 31)
She fights for his attention and acceptance throughout the story. This makes her turn weaker and weaker until the point where she does not care anymore and accepts the fact that she is a woman and consequently, inferior.
Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club” is a novel written in various short stories between four immigrant Chinese mothers and their four Chinese-American born daughters. The mother’s represent their heritage, tradition, culture, and native tongue. Their daughters; however embody America and its culture, along with language. Each mother and daughter share the emotional feeling of cultural separation between themselves and their relationship with each other. With their cross-cultural relationship, the daughters are at a stance with their mother, her upbringing, and wisdom. Through the mother’s stories, Amy Tan convey’s cross-cultural relationships amongst the mothers’ and daughters through symbolism and anecdotes. By facing disadvantages each mother learns to become strong through their own struggle and have become protective of their daughters from pain that they had endured in China. Although, with the daughters being brought up in a cross-cultural environment, primarily American culture, they ironically mistake their mother 's’ guidance and love as judgement. They feel pressured and criticized by their mothers and correlate it as an inability to understand the American Culture.
Lindo Jong was two years old when she was forced into a marriage that she had no idea of. "Instead, the village matchmaker came to my family when I was just two years old."(Tan 23). Furthermore, the matchmaker and Huang Taitai; the groom’s mother would spy on her. After Lindo’s house got destroyed by the flood she was left behind, causing her to live with her new husband. When she arrived at her new home Huang Taitai came to get her and pushed her into the kitchen where cooks and servants. " Huang Taitai and Tyan-yu were not there to greet me. Instead, Huang Taitai hurried me upstairs to the second floor and into the kitchen… this was a place for cooks and servants."(Tan 26). Whenever Lindo and her husband ate a meal he would try to make her
It could be argued that Waverly is displaying a certain kind of humility here by asking her mother not to “show off,” but if so, it’s certainly not the kind of humility the Chinese in the story value. In every other example of it, the Chinese characters have displayed respect for the feelings of others above their own, whether in graciously accepting bad gifts, downplaying personal success, or celebrating the success of others. That’s clearly not the case here. Waverly is putting herself first. She’s also denying her mother’s pride in their association, challenging the values of family and community. For Waverly, pride is reserved only for the individual who achieves something, not for the community that supports and enables it. All of this
I believe that Melinda was influenced by the drinking she did that night. Alcohol has a tendency to give people the courage to do things that they would normally never do. Melinda was a shy and quiet girl at the beginning of the movie. After she did not drink enough to be drunk, she was still kind of herself. The alcohol made her loosen up a bit,which made her do things outside of her comfort zone.
In Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club,” Waverly commences by devoting her life to uncovering her mother’s “tricks,” only to later perceive that Lindo is not a rival after all. Rather, Lindo is a frail woman whose principal aspirations are shielding and loving her child, even if she expresses these sentiments in an unusual manner. Upon abandoning chess, a game Waverly had done extraordinarily well in, she awaits for her mother to crawl back to her, pleading her to pursue chess. Yet, her aforementioned “wish” fails to transpire. Consequently, Waverly realizes that her mother “knew more tricks than [she] had thought” (171). The phrase “more [...] than I had thought” conveys how she did not predict that this type of silent