Transformation of Mother and Daughter in The Joy Luck Club

With the focus on any mother-daughter pair in ‘The Joy Luck Club’ write a research paper on their transition from conservative, submissive women to independent, literal and strong characters.

Mother: Ying-ying St. Clair
Daughter: Lena St. Clair

Sexism and gender discrimination was commonly seen in both the American and Chinese culture despite the huge differences in both cultures. Women were seen as weak and powerless. The mother and daughter in ‘The Joy Luck Club’ had both been through many hardship and suffering and changed into independent and strong woman so as to survive in the society and fight for their rights.
The mother, Ying-ying St. Clair had been through her ...

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was saved, she was lost. She then comes upon a play about the Moon Lady. She was extremely hopeful as she went forward to The Moon Lady to make a wish. However, her dream was shattered when she realised that the Moon Lady was just a lie. That was when she evolved from a free-spirited, proud, talkative girl to a ghost with no voice. This thus caused her to grow up as a woman who keeps everything to herself, not knowing how to voice out her opinions and express her feelings.
When Ying ying grew up, she found out that she had a superpower: she can predict the future if it pertains to her or her family. First, she knew that she would marry the crude man who plunged the knife into the watermelon, signifying the lost of virginity. However, due to her passive nature, she did nothing to stop it which led to her suffering in the marriage. Thus, this led to her being betrayed by her husband and hence abort her child. Her trauma in this incident caused her to become stronger and more ...

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daughter; and she can now see Lena becoming independent, passive and ghostlike. Lena’s marriage is heading for disaster, but Lena’s doing nothing to prevent it. Ying-ying realizes that she has passed on her passivity and fatalism to her daughter Lena does she take any initiative to change. Seeing her daughter in an unhappy marriage, she urges her to take control which suggest a change in her from being passive to being powerful and strong, taking charge of her daughter’s marriage. She interferes with her daughter’s marriage and told her daughter to stand up for her own rights and not give in to his husband when she saw her marriage going the wrong way such as sustaining their ...

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Added: 9/4/2017 07:39:01 AM
Submitted By: Jacob
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