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The Joy and Luck of the Family Brawl In Amy Tans The Joy Luck Club the characters always seem to be fighting Usually its a Chinese mother going for the throat of her daughter The major conflicts in the book are caused by a clash of the strong willed Chinese and revolutionary American cultures Waverlys mom Lindo is the proud parent of a young chess prodigy She takes great pride in Waverlys success at the art of chess But a conflict arises because Waverly is embarrassed whenever her mom shows her off in public One day Waverly finally explodes at her mom in the marketplace telling Lindo that she shouldnt try and show off her young chess prodigy as if she had a part in Waverlys success Lindo is intensely offended and stops talking to Waverly The conflict gets worse until Waverly pretends to let her mom win by talking to her Upon hearing her childs forfeit Lindo is vert upset Why do you tell me this she finally said in sharp tones You think it is so easy One day quit next day play Everything for you is this way So smart so easy so fast p189 The conflict is eventually resolved when Waverly gets chicken pox and Lindo is forced to care for her But after she gets better things arent the same Since the conflict Lindo isnt interested in her daughters chess She doesnt polish her trophies everyday or make clippings her name in the paper Waverly immediately notices the drop in her mothers enthusiasm and it critically affects her chess She is no longer able to wield the secret weapons of each piece and her record quickly goes sour She eventually cant hold up to her name and she quits for good The conflict may be common among all families but Lindos handling of the situation is not Instead of realizing that Waverly is a ignorant ten year old child
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