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In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan the ignorance and disregard of and the necessity of love are all introduced As the characters in the story explain their life stories and memories The characters in The Joy Luck Club seemed to take love for granted by ignoring love and concentrating on material possessions and hiding their true identities It seems to me that they dont notice or realize loves importance Harold Lens St Clairs husband is the one character that takes love for granted This I noticed when Lena leans over him in their car and states I love you He responded by asking Lena a question about his car which seems to be more important to him than his relationship with her Harold does not realize the importance of love He only thinks about material possessions since Harold does not show his true nature he reveals that he had a lack of love for himself as an individual The love that you have for yourself is a necessity in live because it provides self-respect if one respects oneself one will respect and love others The story of Lindo Jong provides insight into the concept of revealing your true nature To keep everything inside as Lindo John provides for not being able to love to his fullest Lindo Jong hides under a red marriage scarf in attempt to shield herself from the outside world Her hiding demonstrates that to be able to love you must be able to first reveal your true nature Ying-Ying St Clair stands as an example of the desire to remain hidden as she says all these years I kept my true nature hidden running along like a small shadow so nobody could catch me The image of the shadow relates directly to the red marriage scarf They both try to conceal their true natures because the result of revealing your true nature self may be that of
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