The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
“In America I will have a daughter just like me. But over there nobody will say her worth is measured by the loudness of her husband’s belch. Over there nobody will look down on her, because I will make her speak perfect American English. And over there she will always be too full to swallow any sorrow!” (Tan 17).
1. This excerpt is taken from the opening page of the book. It talks about a Chinese woman who is immigrating to America in hopes of having a daughter who will live a perfect life there. Not to be bound by the chains of her old society.
2. The author wants to express the overarching theme of this section of the story. Many people move to America in hopes of granting a better future for their family.
3. This quote relates to my life because of how my parents and grandparents got her. They immigrated here many years ago, in hope of getting us more opportunities to live a better life. It shows how I should plan for what will benefit me in the future, so I can live a comfortable life.
“We had to play with seriousness and think of nothing else but adding to our happiness through winning. But after sixteen rounds, we would again feast, this time to celebrate our good fortune. And we would talk into night until the morning, saying stories about good times in the past and good times yet to come” (Tan 24).
1. Suyuan Woo, Jing-mei Woo’s deceased mother, had always told stories of the time that she had thought up the idea of the Joy Luck Club. She always explained what they would do to have fun, escaping from their devastating situation.
2. The deeper meaning of this passage is that even in the worst of times, there is always a way to fine happiness in yourself and through others.
3. This passage relates to me in that I often go out with my friends to have fun and get away from all my family problems. Especially n this time that one of my close family members was dying and I just needed to get away from it all.
“I wondered why my destiny had been decided, why I should have an unhappy life so someone else could have a happy one. From my seat by the window I could see the Fen River with its muddy brown waters. I thought about throwing my body into this river that had destroyed my family’s happiness” (Tan 58).
1. In this excerpt, Lindo Jong is forever bonded to this spoiled boy, Tyan-yu, that she didn’t love. She was not happy in the life that she was living, but she also did not want to break the promise of her family. Later on, she regains confidence in herself and figures out a way to get out of this rotting marriage without breaking her promise to her parents.
2.The meaning in this quote is that pursuing the happiness of others is not what will lead oneself to a fulfilling life. The quote is important because it teaches the lesson of putting your own happiness above all others even if the situation seems hopeless.
3. This quote relates to me because throughout my life I was always put in the...