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Amy Tan

Amy Tan’s “Fish Cheeks” is very short, even by the standards of short stories, but still manages to address several themes. One of the most obvious purposes of the story is to present the contrast...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2020 6:24 am UTC

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Amy Tan

Amy Tan's theme is related to the re-identification with the motherland (China, her mother and half-sisters), but ironically the story's theme is weakened by Tan's focus on China's modernization....

Latest answer posted January 29, 2010 8:56 pm UTC

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Amy Tan

At the beginning of Amy Tan’s "A Pair of Tickets," American-born Chinese protagonist June May thinks the term “Chinese” has two meanings: a set of superficial physical traits and a set of...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2020 8:47 pm UTC

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The narrator, Jing-Mei, changes her view of her father in the short story "A Pair of Tickets," the last segment in The Joy Luck Club. As Jing-Mei travels to China with her seventy-two year old...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2018 2:44 pm UTC

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"A Pair of Tickets" is the final chapter of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, and it centers around Jing-mei's trip to China to meet her mother's twins. Jing-mei's mother, Suyuan, had twin daughters in...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2020 3:54 pm UTC

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Jing Mei feels both at home and foreign in China for a number of reasons. First, she feels foreign because she towers over the typical Chinese citizen. The text tells us that Jing Mei stands at...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2017 9:38 pm UTC

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Amy Tan's story, "A Pair of Tickets" describes both a physical and emotional journey experienced by Jing Mei Woo and Canning Woo, her father. Jing Mei's mother is recently deceased, and the pair...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018 12:25 am UTC

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When writing an essay comparing and contrasting “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan and “Museum” by Naomi Shihab Nye, you can examine the narrators, their reactions to their situations, and what their...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020 2:59 pm UTC

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June May changes gradually from the beginning of "A Pair of Tickets" as she travels to China to meet a family she has never known. She travels with her father, having lost her mother only three...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2018 10:45 pm UTC

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In this essay Amy Tan places the issues facing women today in the context of her family history. She suggests that one can gain strength by an awareness of the cultural differences that have...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019 12:59 am UTC

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"A Pair of Tickets" is the final story in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, and it focuses on Jing-mei Woo's trip to China to meet her mother's twin daughters. When Suyuan Woo was a young woman in...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2019 1:51 pm UTC

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Jing-Mei's mother clearly abandoned her babies because she felt she had no other choice. She may not have survived the journey, and even if she did, how would she care for them? She likely hoped...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2011 12:42 am UTC

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In reading "A Pair of Tickets," it could be argued that the authentic use of the Chinese language lends itself to the authenticity of the story. However, I believe that it is more than this;...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2010 5:19 am UTC

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One thing particularly remarkable about Amy Tan's writing is that she takes autobiographical accounts and turns them into fiction. We particularly see her accomplish this fantastic feat in her...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2015 7:39 am UTC

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In an interview on June 28, 1996, Amy Tan mentioned loving fairy tales, particularly Grimm fairy tales. She also mentioned liking Bible stories, and Gothic works in general. Tan makes reference...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2009 1:27 pm UTC

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From a general view on love, a couple loses much of their own individuality when they fall in love. They come to depend upon each other, losing much of their own desire to do things individually....

Latest answer posted August 30, 2011 3:31 am UTC

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Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) was a native of Maine. She had her first story published at the age of 19 and her stories became standard fare in the Atlantic Monthly magazine for more than three...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2009 11:19 am UTC

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