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The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan, 1989, Chinese
A. Jing-Mei (June) Woo. June is rebellious in nature, always swimming against her mothers' dreams for her, not because they were harmful dreams but because she felt she could never live up to them, and she didn't because she thought she couldn't. Her mothers death has brought her face to face with questions about herself, her mother, and both their identities.
B.Suyuan Woo. Like any mother Suyuan wanted her daughter to be the best she could be. She pushed her, to make her proud of herself, to give that one child what the two that were swallowed by her past could not.
A. An-Mei Hsu. She is a strong woman, whose strength came form her mothers sacrifice. She wishes her daughter to be strong as well, to break with the Chinese role of swallowing one's own tears, and sorrows.
B. Rose Hsu Jordan. A character drowned in vacillation, Rose has given her life to a dominating husband, until that husband leaves her. This is when after all the confusion in her heart clears and she finds the strength, the voice her mother intended her to have.
C. Lindo Jong. Lindo is a brave cunning woman who found a way to change her fate, tied to an undesired husband. As a mother she is controlling if not somewhat possessive, she only wishes the best of both worlds for her daughter, American and Chinese.
D. Waverly Place Jong. Waverly's character is intelligent, calculating yet fragile. She could outsmart any chess opponent and stubbornly believed it was all her merit yet the instant her mother no longer demonstrated how proud she made her, she became weak. Independence from her mothers'feelings and actions seems to be her largest desire but she can't, and maybe she shouldn't fight so hard and realize her mother is not her opponent.
E. Ying-Yin St. Clair. Ying-Yin is a dismal character. Scared from herfirst marriage, empty because her spirit, her joy has fled her b…

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