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A Motherly Role A reoccurring theme in Amy Tans novels is mother-daughter relationships In each of her three novels she represents different roles of the mother and the effects of each The Joy Luck Club depicts mothers living through daughters The Kitchen Gods Wife portrays mother teaching daughter through past experience and finally The Hundred Secret Senses displays non-existence of the mother in the relationship This excerpt from The Joy Luck Club shows what kinds of things from real accomplishments to the uncontrollable features of nature Auntie Lin and my mother were both best friends and arch-enemies who spent a lifetime comparing their children I was one month older than Waverly Jong Auntie Lins prized daughter From the time we were babies our mothers compared the creases in our belly buttons how shapely our earlobes were how fast we healed after we scraped our knees how thick and dark our hair was how many shoes we wore out in one year and later how smart Waverly was at playing chess how many trophies she had won last month how many cites she had visited 27 Jing-Mei the piano player in The Joy Luck Club felt the most pressure from her mother because her mother had to follow behind the word of the prodigy in town Of course you can be a prodigy too Jing-Meis mother Suyuan tells her after receiving the news of Waverly the chess prodigy 141 The expectations for Jing-Mei have heighten now that her mothers friends daughter has been held in such a spotlight as to be called a prodigy Suyuan takes it upon herself to make her daughter rise above the accomplishments of her peers and prove to the mothers their family is high in the running competition whether Jing-Mei approves or disapproves Suyuan decides that with piano lessons she and her daughter will rise above Lindo and Waverly Jing-Mei only sees tedious lessons and hours of practice but
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