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Who am I What is my purpose These are questions humans ask themselves every day The women in the novel Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan do the same The story surrounds the lives of four mothers and their daughters The four mothers who grew up in China have gone through serious struggles to discover who they are The four women must go against their family centered culture in order to find their own identity The mothers eventually move to American to secure a better life for themselves and their daughters That is when the Joy Luck Club is created obviously it gives them hope through the transition from China to America The mothers help one another to answer humanities biggest questions apart from the culture which had previously defined them As their daughters grow up they search for the same answers in their individual lives The theme of identity crisis is examined by the mothers in China then later reexamined by the daughters growing up in America All four mothers while living in China had the identity of their families and because the family was their identity they had no chance to discover their own personality Identity was based fully on who their husband is and what he does Somehow despite all of the external pressure trying to define them the four women find their individual identities For example the night that Lindo gets married she is extremely distressed She does not want to marry this man or be a part of the family As she is crying just before the wedding she looks into the mirror Lindo does not see a worthless weak girl but as she put it I was surprised at what I saw I had a beautiful red dress on but what I saw was even more valuable I was strong I was pure I had genuine thoughts inside that no one could see no one could ever take away
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