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In Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club, what are some themes, tones, and narrative styles of the chapter titled "Scar"?

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In Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club, the chapter titled “Scar” is narrated by An-Mei Hsu. Some of the themes, tones, and narrative styles of the chapter might be described as follows:

THEMES

  • Traditional Chinese lore, superstitions, wisdom, and customs.
  • Relations, including tensions and conflict, within a traditional Chinese extended family.
  • Lack of contact with one’s parents.
  • Family reputation and conflicts within families.
  • Relations between mothers and daughters.
  • Death and the prospect of...

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