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What is Amy Tan's point of view about marriage in The Joy Luck Club?

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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 marriage is not necessarily an institution that brings all wives joy or pleasure, it is intrinsic to the family units that host all of the mother-daughter relationships in the novel.

For many of the mothers in the novel, marriage in China means that women are bound to their husbands and to their in-laws; for the daughters, marriage in America may be less rigid, but it is not much more satisfying than marriage in their mothers' country. The marriages of The Joy Luck Club are important to a reader's understanding of themes like family, identity, and sex, especially when gender roles and sexism provide a filter through which a reader can understand the events of the plot and the relationships between various characters.

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In my opinion, Amy Tan puts forward a rather cynical interpretation of marriage. While...

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