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What do you think is the main conflicts for the main character of Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" and of Amy Tan's "Half and Half" from The Joy Luck Club?

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Since the first half of your question has been answered by someone else (see link below), I will focus here on "Half and Half," by Amy Tan.

There are two main conflicts in Tan's story: should Rose divorce her husband, Ted, and how should Rose's mother respond to the accidental drowning of her infant son, Bing?

Although Rose's mother had advised Rose against becoming involved with Ted, when the marriage between Rose and Ted begins to falter, Rose's mother advises Rose against getting a divorce. Paradoxically, the same values that had caused the mother to be suspicious of Ted now cause her to urge...

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