Reading the novel



Download 4.51 Kb.
Date conversion12.05.2016
Size4.51 Kb.
The Joy Luck Club

By Amy Tan
READING THE NOVEL

This novel explores the clash between Chinese culture and American culture. It is divided into chapters narrated by 8 different characters—four mothers who moved here from China and each of their daughters, who are fully rooted in an American life. The chapters are labeled with a title and the name of the narrator. It is pretty easy to tell the difference between the mothers’ and daughters’ voices, but it is useful to have them up front:



THE MOTHERS: THE DAUGHTERS:

Suyuan Woo Jing-mei “June” Woo

An-mei Hsu Rose Hsu Jordan

Lindo Jong Waverly Jong

Ying-ying St. Clair Lena St. Clair
THEMES OF THE BOOK




IMAGERY/ SYMBOLS OF THE BOOK

Food- expresses love, relationships/competition, and characterization; it affirms life, and marks

significant cultural events



Clothing- expresses cultural identity and clashes as well as hides identity; a change from

Chinese to western style clothing represents the start of a new life and separation from

Chinese tradition

Dreams- allow characters to move between the conscious and unconscious levels and to express

hidden feelings; dreams can bring release as well


SOME HISTORICAL INFORMATION

The Joy Luck Club is set in two places: China in the 1930s and 1940s and San Francisco's Chinatown from the 1960s through the 1980s. During the late 1930s and early 1940s (the mothers’ stories), China was embroiled in a war with Japan after Japan invaded China in 1931.
Concubine- in Imperial China, a woman contracted to a man as a secondary wife, often having few legal rights and low social status


The database is protected by copyright ©essaydocs.org 2016
send message

    Main page