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In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan the ignorance the disregard of and the necessity of love are all introduced as the characters tell their life stories and memories The characters in The Joy Luck Club take love for granted By ignoring love concentrating more on material possessions and hiding their true identities the characters dont realize loves importance One character that takes love for granted is Harold Lena St Clairs husband This occurs when Lena leans over to him in their car and states I love you He responds 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 revealing his true nature he reveals that he has a lack of love for himself as an individual The love you have for yourself is a necessity in life 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 does Lindo Jong provides for not being able to experience love to its fullest Lindo Jong hides under a red marriage scarf in attempt to shield herself from the outside world Her hiding under the scarf 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 attempt to provide the concealment of their true natures because the result of revealing your true self may be that of pain The importance of love goes
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