The Failures of Love
“A mother's treasure is her daughter” -Catherine Pulsife. In Amy Tan’s, The Joy Luck Club, the themes of a shared love and a strong sense of family and heritage, of mothers to their daughters, are commonly repeated throughout. The mothers in the story come from China with a troubled past and as a result do everything in their power to keep their daughters from going through the same problems and give them a better life. However, the daughters are slow to realize this. In An-Mei’s quest to protect Rose from having a troubled life, she ends up shaping Rose into a spineless, fragile person that cannot stand on her own.
An-Mei’s experiences as a child cause her to become an overbearing mother. When An-Mei was a child in China, she was told that “her mother was a ghost” (Tan 42), meaning that her mother had done something so horrible that she was not allowed to be spoken to by anyone. Because she was not able to have a relationship with her mother, and her grandmother wanted her to forget she even had a mother, An-Mei grew up without a parent figure in her life. The only parent-like figure she had in her life was her grandmother, Popo, who told her stories to scare her into being obedient. One story was of a girl who “refused to listen to her elders. One day this bad girl shook her head so vigorously to refuse her auntie’s simple request that a little white ball fell from her ear and poured out all her brains, as clear s chicken broth” (43). This story was created to make An-Mei think that if she disobeyed her elders, her brains would pour out. Because of this, she learned to always listen and obey what Popo told her. This is a foreshadowing to the type of parent An-Mei will eventually become.
An-Mei’s parenting style of an overbearing mother is introduced when her daughter, Rose, is also introduced to the story. Rose is portrayed as an extremely... [continues]
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