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Ying-Ying St. Clair

Lena St. Clairs mother, in Amy Tan's novel, The Joy Luck Club."
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Jake Hanson

on 19 April 2010

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Transcript of Ying-Ying St. Clair

Ying-Ying St. Clair The Moon Lady Waiting Between The Trees Mother Of Lena St. Clair In Amy Tan's novel, Ying-Ying St. Clair is first introduced in the chapter, "The Moon Lady."
In this chapter, Ying-Ying is a young girl on her way to the Moon Festival.
While at the Festival Ying-Ying is splattered with blood. The naive four year old believed that if she painted the white dress crimson red, no one would realize. However this infuriated Amah
Ying-Ying then falls off the ship, which brings her to the Moon Lady, who is incidentally a man.
Ying-Ying wishes that she would be found, however she does not realize the extremity of this wish.
Quotations "She said I smelled like 'something evil like this' and I looked like 'something evil like that"(76).

"And so even though I was found-later that night after Amah, Baba, Uncle, and the others shouted for me along the waterway-I never believed my family found the same girl"(80).

"And then he put down the wrong birthyear, 1916 instead of 1914. So with the sweep of a pen, my mother lost her name and became a Dragon instead of a Tiger"(107).

"How could i not love this man? But it was the love of a ghost. Arms that encircled but did not touch. A bowl full rice but witihout my appetite to eat it. No hunger. No fullness"(286).

"Now Saint is a ghost. He and I can now love equally. He Knows the things that I have been hiding all these years. Now I must tell my daughter everything. That she is the daughter of a ghost. She has no chi. This is my greatest shame. How can i leave this world without leaving her my spirt"(286)
"Waiting Between the Trees" is the final section of Ying-Ying St. Clair's story in Amy Tan's novel.
In this Section, Ying-Ying reflects on memories, and thinks of the relationship between herself and her husband.
Ying-Ying was in love once,before she had met Clifford. Ying-Ying now wants her daughter, Lena, to know that Ying-Ying loves her, however she does not lover her father, Clifford, as much as she should.
This section, also explains the passage from Lena's section "The Voice From the Wall." While in China, Ying-Ying had aborted her first born child. The Voice from the Wall Although, "The Voice from the Wall" is Lena's section, the story is primarily about Ying-Ying.
In this chapter, Lena tells the story of Ying-Ying's immigration to America with her father who changed Ying-Ying's name from her Gu name Ying-Ying, to Betty. He also Changed her date of birth from 1914 to 1916.
This selection also discusses the still-born son of Ying-Ying and puts her into a psychological downfall
Symbols Amy Tan uses many symbols, imagery, and motifs in her writing, on very strong symbol within the novel, is "ghost." However, "ghost" is never used as a reference to an entity, but as a describing word for characters. Ying-Ying's section "Waiting Between the Trees has several "ghost" references.
Amy Tan's novel also creates strong mother-daughter relationship; in the St. Clair's story a relationship begins to become apparent.
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