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The Joy Luck Club

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Transcript of The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

By Amy Tan
The Novel
-Amy Tan is the daughter of Chinese Immigrants. She grew up in Oakland, and her family was a member of a Joy-Luck club with other Chinese immigrants, who played the stock market. After the death of her father and older brother, they moved to Switzerland. She got a masters in Linguistics, but found her true calling in fiction writing when she was thirty three. She has published a total of eight works, and has had things translated into 23 languages
Amy Tan
Plot
Each of the mothers and daughters have their own stories, told separately, with common elements in each. The stories each have their own plot lines. Sometimes, because of the complexities in mother-daughter relationships, the protagonist of one story ends up being the antagonist of another, as is the case of Lindo Jong and her daughter Waverly. Oftentimes, the stories involve an ending where the woman discovers some sort of truth, or inner strength, or realizing something that's been eluding her for her entire life.
Characters
Suyuan Woo (dead)
An-mei Hsu
Lindo Jong
Ying-Ying St.Clair
Setting
The Main Setting is San Francisco But The Mothers' retelling of their stories takes place all over China.
Theme
One of the overall themes is how the Past affects the present. Each member of the Joy Luck Club has a Unique story that shaped her and her daughter's lives in sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle ways.
Point of View
The Point of View changes from the mothers, to the daughters, with each one having the chance to tell her story, except for June's mother who is dead prior to the beginning of the story. Her story is told through June's eyes.
Symbols
Professor book connections
*Symbols- There were a lot of symbols.
*Cultural understanding- Some of the concepts, like arranged marriage, men having multiple wives, and ancestral awareness and respect would seem odd and even wrong, if you looked at it only out of the eyes of an American teenager Full understanding of the novel requires you to think of things in the context of Chinese culture.
*Communion- One of the best parts of the Joy luck Club is that they cook a large meal and eat like it's the new year every meeting. This is an important part of the sense of community created by the club.
Why The Joy Luck Club has Literary merit
The Daughters
Jing-mei "June" Woo
Rose Hsu Jordan
Waverly Jong
Lena St. Clair
The Mahjong table- In June's story, it was a symbol of community, coming together, and their connection to their past in China
*Project By Meg & Megan

The Mothers
~Other Important Character~
June's half sisters
June's father
Rich, Waverly's fiance
Harold, Lena's husband
Bing, Rose's little brother who drowned
An-mei's mother
Huang Tyan-yu, Lindo's first husband
Ted, Rose's husband
Ying-Ying's first husband
There was some form of symbolism in all of the stories.
The Red Candle in Lindo's story, representing her marriage
An-Mei's scar
Symbolism is an important part of Chinese culture. Many things are cultural symbols, so it was easy for Tan to put Symbolism in her stories.
The table in Lena's house that Harold made- a symbol of their marriage that was doomed form the start
Another theme is The power of Storytelling. The Stories of the mothers impact their American daughters and help them discover strength and a connection to their heritage.
One more prevalent theme is the theme of relationships, including mother-daughter, husband-wife, and members of a culture to their culture, and the complex nature of these human relationships.
Written in 1989, The Joy Luck Club consists of sixteen interlocking stories that tell the lives of four Chinese immigrant women and their American born daughters
Allows the reader to see what life might have been like for both first generation immigrants and their children, how they were overwhelmed by the two very different cultures they were acquainted with.
Also includes a few poems that further understanding of the complexities of all the relationships of the book
-The Symbolism in the Joy Luck Club is vast and can be interpreted in many different ways.
-The Joy Luck Club has a unique style of the way it formatted. The story changes views and switches roles of the characters. And the Poems in between each section represent a different Mother and Daughter pair.
"I realize 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 13)
-This book is unique, in that each story is interesting in it's own right, and then when they come together,they help illuminate the overall theme, creating an exceptional reading experience.
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. New York: Putnam's, 1989. Print.
"Biography of Amy Tan (1952-)." Biography of Amy Tan. GradeSaver, n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2013.
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