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The name of The Joy Luck Club is significant in that it shows how the various women depicted in the story are still able to have a positive outlook on life despite their many trials and...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2020, 10:36 am (UTC)

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The narrator physically going to China in "A Pair of Tickets" represents her internal change as she begins to accept her Chinese heritage and that side of herself in contrast to her American...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019, 4:57 pm (UTC)

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The terms "hulihudu" and "heimongmong" are Chinese words indicating confusion. Rose says that the closest translation for "hulihudu" would be "confused", and "heimongmong" might be best described...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2009, 6:09 am (UTC)

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"A Pair of Tickets" is the final story in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, and, as such, it contains a lot of important thematic quotes. In this chapter, Jing-Mei Woo goes to China to meet her...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2016, 11:05 pm (UTC)

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Three lessons in The Joy Luck Club are you should not judge people because you can never understand their experiences, winning isn’t everything, and the American Dream is a myth. One of the reasons...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2014, 10:13 pm (UTC)

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When Waverly's mother specifies that her soup at the restaurant must be served very hot, Waverly says that "it was by her tongue's expert estimate 'not even lukewarm.'" Of course, one's tongue is...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019, 10:30 am (UTC)

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In Amy Tan's novel, The Joy Luck Club, "Rules of the Game" tells the story of Waverly Jong as she becomes a chess champion. However, more important is the theme that Waverly learns from her...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2012, 2:52 am (UTC)

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I think that one of the reasons why Jing- Mei joins the club is to honor her mother's memory. She recognizes that her mother felt a considerable amount of loyalty as being as a part of the club,...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2012, 12:22 pm (UTC)

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There are several themes in Amy Tan's chapter entitled "The Moon Lady," from The Joy Luck Club. The overall theme seems to relate to finding one's place in the world. The speaker in this chapter is...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2011, 4:06 pm (UTC)

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In the final chapter of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, "A Pair of Tickets," Jing-mei Woo goes to China with her father, Canning, to meet her long-lost half-sisters. Jing-mei's mother Suyuan has...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020, 12:30 am (UTC)

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[eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. Additional questions should be posted separately.] In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, in the chapter called "Two Kinds," the...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2012, 8:29 pm (UTC)

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In "The Joy Luck Club," Mrs. Woo attempts to bring a Swan into the United States after purchasing it in China. The seller had told her that the swan was a duck that had stretched its neck so far it...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2019, 5:53 pm (UTC)

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The parable of "Feathers from a Thousand Li Away" is about hope. It also contains lessons about the difficulties of cultural and communication gaps. The parable is used to illustrate the...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019, 8:10 pm (UTC)

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In The Joy Luck Club, both the Chinese-born mothers who are members of the club and their American-born daughters undergo significant changes as they gain deeper awareness of their family members’...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2020, 7:59 pm (UTC)

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Magpies (black birds belonging to the crow family) represent duplicity in The Joy Luck Club. The author strategically places stories and mentions of magpies near real-life occurrences of deception...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2018, 2:12 pm (UTC)

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To analyze the quote more fully, we need to put it into the context of the story and the novel. The quote actually references an earlier conversation between the narrator of the story—Jing-Mei...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2020, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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Both Lena St. Clair and Rose Hsu Jordan are in failing marriages by the third section of the novel (when the Chinese American daughters are now adult women), both women also appear in each other's...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019, 2:52 pm (UTC)

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“A Pair of Tickets” is the last chapter in Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club. After her mother’s death, June makes her first trip to China with her father. While she has been strongly influenced by...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021, 8:34 am (UTC)

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I think a song that I might choose that reflects the relationship between Lindo and her daughter Waverly is the duet between Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray Cyrus, called "I Learned From You."...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011, 12:23 pm (UTC)

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Waverly feels like her mother is living through her achievements. Although she makes a point to explain that a Chinese woman is careful about showing pride, Waverly feels that her mother takes too...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016, 5:59 pm (UTC)

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While the Joy Luck mothers’s goal is to teach their daughters about life, they also end up learning something important: their daughters are just like them. The mothers want the best for their...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019, 3:37 pm (UTC)

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Suyuan, Jing-mei’s mother, wanted her to become a child prodigy like Shirley Temple and Lindo’s daughter. Suyuan urged her daughter to attempt practicing certain skills in order to establish and...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016, 11:33 am (UTC)

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In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Jing-Mei (June) has done all she can to reject everything Chinese. She sees herself only as she is able: as an American, and this causes a great deal of strife...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2011, 2:32 am (UTC)

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Consider the following simile and its importance as we are told about how Lena receives her mother's prediction as a child that the man she marries will have one pockmark on his face for each grain...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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It's a way of expressing An-mei's simple faith in God. An-mei firmly believes that her faith is responsible for all the blessings and good things she's received in life. The faucet metaphor is very...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2017, 1:59 pm (UTC)

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Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, tells the stories of the women in the "Joy Luck Club." Jing-Mei's mother used to tell her the same story over and over, but the story changed so much, that Jing-Mei...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2011, 8:32 am (UTC)

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In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, "A Pair of Tickets" is probably my favorite story, for it is in this segment that the narrator, Jing-Mei (June) Woo finally comes to understand her mother (Suyuan...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2012, 6:08 am (UTC)

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The Joy Luck Club is not, strictly speaking, "true" in the sense that it is explicitly autobiographical. None of the characters are meant to be Tan, and Tan herself has been consistent in debunking...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2021, 11:26 am (UTC)

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Situational irony is a type of irony that depends on plot events and circumstances. In a literary work, situational irony occurs when something happens that is the opposite of what is intended or...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2020, 3:03 am (UTC)

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The death of a thousand cuts refers to Lena's fantasy about the punishment to a traitor. The traitor had thought pusnishment was the worst thing he could have experienced but he was wrong. The...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2007, 3:59 pm (UTC)

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Waverly's mother teaches her the art of invisible strength by not making things easy for her. Waverly says that her mother taught her the art of invisible strength when she was young, “a strategy...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2015, 7:22 pm (UTC)

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This question refers to the chapter "Best Quality," in which Jing-Mei, or June, remembers the last New Year's dinner her mother cooked when she prepared crab for her friends. Jing-Mei thinks she is...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013, 7:43 am (UTC)

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In Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club, the institution of marriage plays a significant role in a woman's identity, whether the woman is from China or of Chinese origin born in America. Though...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019, 4:10 pm (UTC)

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Author Amy Tan wrote this semi-autobiographical novel in the voice of eight different women. Though it has sometimes been criticized for being confusing and hard to follow because of the various...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2015, 7:15 pm (UTC)

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In "A Pair of Tickets" from Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, images used in the story indicate change, a central theme in this story. Upon arriving in China, Jing-Mei reports that she feels like she is...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2011, 1:04 pm (UTC)

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In the final chapter of The Joy Luck Club, the main character, Jing-mei, chooses to embrace and take on her mother's Chinese identity. Jing-mei is attempting to write her mother's story. She is...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018, 4:13 pm (UTC)

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In Amy Tan’s novel, Jing-mei’s identity is strongly influenced by her mother, although she tries to resist this influence until after her mother’s death. After Jing-mei, or June, learns of the...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2022, 7:25 am (UTC)

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The setting is appropriate because it shows the beginning of Jing-Mei "becoming Chinese" through an offer to engage with people and stories from her mother's past. The opening scene shows when...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018, 5:33 pm (UTC)

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Many of the most profound written works on the subject of cultural and generational clashes are true accounts; these often come in the form of autobiography or memoir, some of which are listed...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2013, 9:19 pm (UTC)

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It is clear that Popo is a good mother to her child and grandchildren, but is bound by traditional notions of the good life. Early on in the narrative, An- Mei indicates that Popo might appear to...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2015, 11:58 pm (UTC)

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At the very end of Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club, one of the characters, Jing-Mei Woo, is finally able to meet her two long-lost twin sisters, who had had to be abandoned by their mother in...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2011, 2:44 am (UTC)

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Kweilin was reputed to be a very beautiful city, with "jagged peaks lining a curving river, with magic moss greening the banks". In China, "everybody dreamed about Kweilin", but as is often true...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2009, 7:59 am (UTC)

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The quote you have highlighted comes from one of the sections of this brilliant novel narrated by Waverly, and charts her growing understanding and development of the world and the way that she...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2011, 6:39 pm (UTC)

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In a story filled abundantly filled with symbolism, Ying-Ying discovers that the Moon Lady is not what she seems to be. An ethereal woman with beautiful long hair on stage, the Moon Lady out of...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2009, 1:49 am (UTC)

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In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, the reader learns that names are very important. They are not haphazardly chosen for a Chinese child, but are believed to reflect the true essence or nature of the...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2011, 7:05 am (UTC)

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In the first chapter of the novel The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan introduces the reader to Jing-mei Woo and reveals that her mother, Suyuan Woo, has recently passed away. As the novel opens with the...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2021, 2:06 pm (UTC)

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In "The Red Candle," the third chapter of The Joy Luck Club, Lindo wants desperately to get out of her marriage, however, doing so would cause her to shame her parents and disrespect her culture....

Latest answer posted March 6, 2010, 9:33 pm (UTC)

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The power of storytelling in a central theme in Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club. Storytelling in The Joy Luck Club serves as an intergenerational and intercultural link between the mothers and...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019, 10:49 pm (UTC)

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When Jing-Mei (June) Woo takes the place of her late mother, Suyuan, in a mahjong game, she interacts with the three other members of the Joy Luck Club: An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-ying St....

Latest answer posted August 18, 2021, 3:18 am (UTC)

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A simile is a literary device that compares two concepts using 'like' or 'as.' In this case, the simile is describing her interaction to the TV as a dance, which suggests a relationship. It also...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2018, 3:12 am (UTC)

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