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In The Joy Luck Club, An-mei Hsu drastically changes in a section of the book. In "Scar," one of the earlier chapters of the book, An-mei recounts her mother's getting thrown out of her grandmother's house. An-mei was just a small girl at the time and did not understand the circumstances that influenced her mother's situation with Wu Tsing. She believes that her mother is a disgrace. In a later chapter "Magpies," An-mei recalls her mother's return and their move into Wu Tsing's home. While she is there, An-mei learns the truth about her mother and Wu Tsing's second wife. Before dying, An-mei's mother tells her that she is dying so that An-mei will have a stronger spririt. After her mother commits suicide, An-mei gains the strength to rebel against Wu Tsing and his family. Wu Tsing is afraid that An-mei's mother's spirit will return to "settle scores" so he reveres An-mei and her brother. By the end of this chapter, An-mei has gone from being a frightened child to a strong spirited young woman who is able to stand up for her place in the world.
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