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In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan the characters Suyuan andJing-Mei Woo have a mother-daughter relationship bothered by conflict butultimately constructed of love and commitment for one another Because of majordifferences in the environments in which the two were raised and life experiences inwhich the two had these two women have some opposing ideas and beliefs Thisand the lack of communication between these two women are responsible for manyof the problems they face in their relationshipThese conflicts are only resolved when June learns about her mothers pastThe way that the relationship develops and the conflicts June and Suyuan facereveal some of the themes that Amy Tan intends for the readers to learn Thesethemes concern topics such as finding our lifes importance making choices andunderstanding our families and backgroundsMost of the conflicts that June and her mother face are based onmisunderstandings and carelessness concerning each others feelings and beliefsJune does not understand or even fully know her mother because she does notknow about her mothers life while she lived in China She doesnt understand thepain her mother went through and still feels from the memories of it Suyuan losther two daughters in China and her entire family was killed in the war she leavesthis place behind her and places all of her hopes in America and her family thereLike any mother Suyuan wants the very best for or her daughter June Even hername Suyuan meaning long-cherished wish speaks of this hope for Jing-Meimeaning the pure essential best quality younger sister Suyuan tells herdaughter that she can be anything she wants to be and that she has great talentAt first June is excited and dreams about what she will become In all myimaginings I was filled with a sense that I would soon become perfect My motherand father would adore me I would be beyond reproach I would never feel theneed to sulk for anything p 133 Suyuan pushes June to be successful in
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