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A mirror proposes a dualistic nature One may say that mirrors present people and things very truthfully mirrors depict reality Still another will surely argue that mirrors reflect only illusions What is left is right and what is right is left Love is a Many-Splendored Thing Together these two standpoints are symbolic of the relationship between a mother and her daughter Just by visually observing the two one can point out what superficial features they share By digging past the surface one will discover the divergent values and experiences that dwell inside each of the women Amy Tans novel The Joy Luck Club demonstrates that regardless of to what extent a mother and her daughter may differ from each other the daughter is bound to her mother by both the physical and personality traits imparted to her The discrepancies between what each generation sustained and values present an obstacle between a mother and her daughter Suyuan Woo underwent misfortunes as a wife and mother in China during the Japanese advancement of troops through the country In addition to sustaining the deprivations that came with war Suyuan lost her first husband and suffered the mothers ultimate tragedy she was forced to leave her twin baby daughters behind As an immigrant to America Suyuan was grateful for all the opportunities it held and for the perils it did not have She believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America America was where all my mothers hopes lay Tan 141 Her daughter of her second marriage however was not willing as a child to work for or to believe in Suyuans dreams for the future Suyuan couldnt relate to her daughter Though she was intelligent and knowledgeable among her contemporaries in China Suyuan was isolated by her American daughter Since Jing-mei Woo grew up in a sheltered life likewise she does not understand her mothers outlook and could not appreciate Suyuans attempts to help
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