Discuss whether or not  a resolution occurs between Lindo & her daughter, Waverly in The Joy Luck Club.Discuss whether or not  a resolution occurs between Lindo & her daughter, Waverly in The...

Discuss whether or not  a resolution occurs between Lindo & her daughter, Waverly in The Joy Luck Club.

Discuss whether or not  a resolution occurs between Lindo & her daughter, Waverly in The Joy Luck Club.

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booboosmoosh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe there is resolution between the mother and daughter, Lindo and Waverly Jong. Lindo is afraid that she has not taught her daughter how to have a strong Chinese character, feeling that with all she has been able to teach her daughter, she has failed her in this.

"Inside—she is all American-made."

Lindo is surprised to learn that her daughter does have an admirable Chinese character, something she had never expected to see in Waverly.

Ironically, Waverly has distanced herself from her mother for a long time. She thinks that she knows her well: how she can hurt Waverly with her silence, knowing Waverly's weakest points. However, at the end of the story, Waverly comes to see that she doesn't know her mother all that well, or especially how much of her mother's strength she shares with her—her silence and "double-face"—in other words, her ability to hide what she is thinking. These things have enabled Waverly not only to be strong but to be a successful young woman. This information comes as a surprise to Waverly.

I think that a resolution occurs by the end of the story. When they two women go to the hair dresser, the stylist is amazed at how much alike they look. This once worried Lindo because she wanted her daughter to have and be so much more than she—to have a better life. When Waverly hears this, she shows her "sour" American face. However, by the end of the chapter, when Lindo's hair is finished for Waverly's wedding, Waverly finds pleasure in seeing what they have in common, even their crooked nose. Waverly points out that they share the best of qualities—having a "double face." While Lindo is not sure which of her faces is the better one, the American or the Chinese, she is enough at peace with Waverly that she plans to ask her daughter's opinion about which is her better face. This desire to connect with her daughter, and her daughter's ability to see their similarities with affection, indicates a resolution between them.

lsumner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Although it is years down the road, Waverly and Lindo finally resolve their main conflict. Lindo only desires for her daughter to appreciate and respect her Chinese heritage. Waverly is too American to do so.

Through the years, while growing up, Waverly resents her mother for being such proud mother. Waverly finally shouts at her mother, exclaiming she is tired of the bragging. Waverly is an exceptional chess player but she is sick and tired of her mothering claiming ownership of her own personal successes.

Waverly is lost between two cultures. She is a Chinese American, but this is disturbing to Waverly. She is torn between being American and Chinese at the same time. She desires to have her own identity.

After years of conflict, often disagreeing, Waverly and her mother Lindo finally accept that each of them has a distinct heritage. They are Chinese. They are American.

In the end, Lindo and Waverly resolve their conflict. Lindo is not against Waverly for having a white fiancee...Waverly was convinced her mother resented her fiancee...Lindo tells her otherwise...

The two better understand one another in the end. They agree they have two faces--one Chinese, one American.

Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Waverly is a chess prodigy and the relationship between she and her mother has always resembled a real-life chess match, as one tried to out-maneuver the other, once Waverly put her foot down (inwardly at least) after deciding she would be what she wanted to be--not what her mother's enthusiasm for the possibilities in America thought she should be. Their chess game comes to a draw when Waverly sets her ill-will aside and her mother sets her plans aside while the sit side-by-side in preparation for Waverly's wedding to a white man. Each woman yields to the other through new understanding and enlightenment thus finding resolution between themselves.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I think that at the end of the novel Waverly finally faces her demons. Until she addresses the issues from her childhood, mainly her relationship with her mother, she cannot find peace. Although she is able to confront her feelings and her mother as an adult, it is still difficult for her. However I do think that both of them do come to a kind of understanding at the end.
accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We see at the end of this exciting novel that there is a resolution reached between Waverly, who is finally able to live the life that she wants to in spite of the way that her mother dominated her life when she was a child. The acceptance of Waverly's white fiance to me is a real symbol of her mother's acceptance of her as a whole and her way of life.

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