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Raymond Chandler a fiction writer once said The most durable thing in writing is style True the style is often defined as one of the most important elements in writing In Amy Tans novel The Joy Luck Club the style significantly contributes to the development of both the tone and the theme of the influences that a mother can have on her daughter The author effectively portrays the somber tone and the theme by using a concise style of diction images details language sentence structure point of view and organization The author emphasizes the tone and the theme of the novel by using a variety of diction words that include repetition of words archaic words connotation and abstract diction Primarily the usage of repetitive words reflects on the influences a mother has on her daughter and also on the melancholy tone In the story many incidents describe Ying-ying and her daughter Lena as ghosts and unseen Ying-ying after experiencing the pains of her first marriage willingly gives up the soul that causes her so much pain and becomes a mortal ghost Lena having perhaps influences from the traditional Chinese views of her mother Ying-ying also experiences similar grieves in her marriage and eventually becomes a ghost and the shadow of her husband Tan 177 The repetition of words relate them together in a sense of lacking recognizability by others and how the daughter seems to act from the awareness of her mothers behaviors it also indicates the effect of the melancholy tone on the sorrows the characters experience and suffer In addition Tan also uses an assortment of archaic words to demonstrate the theme and tone Occurring in many places of the novel the usage of early Chinese words illustrates the influences of the mothers to the daughters of growing up in a Chinese family they are able to share a bond that enables them to understand the meanings of the Chinese words Specifically
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