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Joy Luck Club Final Project

Mrs. Ballard's 6th Period

Alyssa Lumba

on 22 May 2013

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Transcript of Joy Luck Club Final Project

Lindo & Waverly Jong The Jong Family Lack of Communication Amy Tan, in her novel, illustrates the lack of communication between Lindo and Waverly Jong, emphasizing that when two people are raised from different cultures, it does not matter if a language barrier exists or not, for a cultural barrier is just as perplexing. Lindo Not Foils. Lindo and Waverly Jong have a unique mother and daughter relationship. As a child Waverly would often get embarrassed by her mother Lindo, instead of getting into debates Lindo would give Waverly the silent treatment. Over the years this distanced their mother and daughter relationship and this gave Waverly the inability to communicate with her mother affectively. Despite their differences Waverly and Lindo would not be considered as character foils. Lindo and Waverly Jong are both Chinese Americans that use invisible strength to get through hardships. “I had genuine thoughts inside that no one could see, that no one could ever take away from me. I was like the wind” (Lindo 52). This quote is an example of Lindo Jong using her invisble strength to deal with being forced into a prearranged marriage that she did not want. “It was a strategy for winning arguments, respect from others, and eventually, though neither of us knew it at the time, chess games” (Waverly 89). Waverly is discussing how invisible strength was employed into her mentality as a young girl and how she would use it to handle future problems and challenges. By: Alyssa Lumba, Randall Paine, and Marcus Green Motif: Symbolism: Imagery: Literary Devices: Symbolism & Imagery In "Red Candle," Amy Tan uses Imagery to emphasize the sufferings Lindo Jong had to go through to get to where she is now, aiding in character development. Lindo thinks to herself, "Outside it smelled as if it would soon rain again. I was crying, walking in my bare feet and feeling the wet heat still inside the bricks. Across the courtyard I could see the matchmaker's servant through a yellow-lit open window. She was sitting at a table, looking very sleepy as the red candle burned in its special gold holder,"(Tan 55). Tan gave the reader relatable senses to Lindo's past as she smelled the rain coming, allowing for anyone to recognize that moment when encountering pre-rain scents. The walking of Lindo's bare feet reaches to the reader, as they realize how depressed Lindo must have felt in her past. Through imagery, Amy Tan was able to connect the reader into Lindo's past, thus, developing a foundation for Lindo Jong's characterization. In "Red Candle", Amy Tan uses symbolism to develop Lindo Jong's most defining character trait. Despite Lindo's current situation of being forced to marry a stranger, she is still able to keep her head up high. As Lindo reflects, thinking " I wiped my eyes and looked in the mirror. I was surprised at what I saw. I had on a beautiful red dress, but what I saw was even more valuable. I was strong. I was pure. I had genuine thoughts inside that no one could see, that no one could ever take away from me. I was like the wind,"(Tan 53) she realizes despite her circumstances she will not lose who she is. She is like the wind, how it sweeps so powerfully-- realizing the wind is strong and so is she. The wind then becomes a symbol of her inner strength/ strong will power. Jelly Filled Donut Both Lindo and Waverly Share their inability to belong to one culture. They are a mixture. Waverly was simply brought up American while Lindo had to assimilate.Thus, they are Chinese on the outside, but American on the inside. Yin & Yang The Yin and Yang symbol is a symbol for harmony. Waverly and Lindo both seek harmony to share with each other. However, they don't really find harmony with each other and instead find disharmony, perhaps due to their too similar characteristics. and Waverly Jong both share a disharmonious mother daugther relationship. Lindo and Waverly were both brought up in different worlds as Waverly was raised in a western culture and Lindo raised in a wealthy Chinese culture. Waverly feels embarrassed of her mother's "old-fashioned" ways, and like other times never knows how to communicate to her mother how she feels. As Lindo is getting her hair cut, she tells Waverly that her "auntie An-Mei can cut"(Tan 290) her instead. Of course, this is just due to her old customs, being raised in an older asian culture where one does not go to a hair stylist but has a relative cut the hair for them. Waverly feels embarrassed of her mother's suggestion and takes over at the Salon. She tells the hair stylist everything her mother would want for her hair in hopes that Lindo wouldn't have a chance to say anything else that would embarrass her. Lindo doesn't understand that Waverly is only embarrassed, instead she feels Waverly is ashamed. Lindo sees Waverly losing her Chinese heart and never being able to get it back. She couldn't help it, as all she taught to her daughter was western customs. When Lindo would try to teach her daughter simple Chinese customs such as finishing her coffee to avoid throwing blessings away, Waverly would only reply "Don't be so old fashioned, mom....I'm my own person,"(Tan 290). Lindo can no longer communicate what she's wanted in her daughter all along: a both Chinese and American life. Whereas Waverly can not express her embarrassment of her mother's desparate attempts to keeping her culture live within her. All dillemmas due to different cultural upbringing.
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