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My mothers expression was what devastated me a quiet blank look that said she lost everything p 143 The Joy Luck Club In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan the characters Suyuan and Jing-Mei June have a tumultuous mother-daughter relationship one that ultimately is composed of conflict and commitment for one another Their opposing ideas and beliefs is the product of their life experiences which are drastically different This and their lack of communication are responsible for many of the problems they face in their relationship Only when June learns of her mothers past her life experiences and the ways in which she was raised can these conflicts be resolved Amy Tan reveals several themes through her novel in which she intends for her audiences to understand and learn Some themes include such topics as lifes choices and understanding our family and ourselves Mother-daughter relationships are perhaps the most painful but the most rewarding relationship women share And though a simple comment such as Youre becoming more like your mother every day might offend or strike terror in the female heart she is still considered to be the rock on which we stand and a steady hand that guides us through life To understand the mother-daughter connection healthy or destructive it is wise to delve deeper and explore why we are first- natural enemies secondly- why she our mother is determinably unpleasable and last how to redefine the mother-daughter relationship so that both can learn and accept the other as she presently is by appreciating the others good qualities and accepting the bad Natural Enemy What is it about the mother-daughter attachment that yields natural enemies and demands so much power No other human being is as similar to her daughter than the daughters mother They are mirrored from head to toe And almost replicated down to their genes and sexual make-up Like our mother we have
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