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In The novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan the characters Suyuan and Jing-Mei Woo have a mother-daughter relationship confused with conflict but composed of deep love and commitment for one another Because of drastic differences in the environments in which they were raised and in their life experiences these two women have different ideas and beliefs This and their lack of communication are responsible for many of the problems they face in their relationship Most of the conflicts that June and her mother face are based on misunderstandings and negligence concerning each others feelings and beliefs These conflicts are only resolved when June learns about her mothers past June does not understand or even fully know her mother because she does not know about her tragic past and the pain she still feels from the memory of it Because Suyuan lost two daughters in China and her entire family was killed in the war she leaves this place behind her and places all of her hopes in America and her family there She wants the very best f or her daughter June She tells her daughter that she can be anything she wants to be and that she has great talent At first June is excited and dreams about what she will become In all my imaginings I was filled with a sense that I would soon become perfect My mother and father would adore me I would be beyond reproach I would never feel the n eed to sulk for anything p 143 Suyuan pushes June to be successful in many different areas such as dance academics trivia and piano After failing to excel at each task set before her June begins to feel more and more resentment towards her mother She sees her mothers hopes as expectations and when she does not live up to these she feels like a failure The final incident when June performs a piano piece filled
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