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The love between mothers and daughters is a sacred sort of love that will never become surpassed on the same type of intimate level Cardinal Mermillod Swiss Catholic Priest of mid 1800s said A mothers love can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take This quote has precise relevancy to the key theme of Barriers existing between generations in Amy Tans captivating novel The Joy Luck Club As a litterateur Ms Tan evokes further realization that a mothers love is an unsurpassing and eternal sentiment through this the mothers improve their relationships with their daughters Firstly the story An-Mei Hsu demonstrates that even the tinniest of motherlydaughterly acts can greatly alter perception At a very young age little An-Mei has been taught to deny her mother the slightest bit of kindest and shows great hostility towards her The young child lives with a grandmother Popo The elderly woman eventually becomes very ill and one morning An-Meis mother returns to Popos deathbed The young woman gives an offering to her dying mother this one act of sacrifice and forgiveness impacts An-Mei forever For the first time she understands the power of a motherdaughter relationship When An-Mei grows old and has a daughter of her own the reader realizes that them too have tensions in their relationship Rose Hsu An-Meis daughter feels opposed to her mother and in essence afraid of her It is only when Rose receives support and encouragement from her mother that their relationship begins the strain in their relationship disintegrates As an outcome of reduced tensions Rose begins to feel closer to her mother she realizes that An-Mei loves her unconditionally An-Mei who is inarguably a strong woman learned at a young age the value of maternal love Through out the story she offers guidance yet at the same time gives her space to shape as a individual a prospect the other three daughters in the
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