The Power of Invisible Strengths
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the term invisible strength? When I first heard it, all I could think about was a body-builder wearing the invisibility cloak from Harry Potter. After reading The Joy Luck Club however, I realize that Invisible strength is a trait that we should all strive to get. Invisible strength comes in many forms and does many things. In the Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan is trying to show that even in the worst of circumstances, people can gain control over their own lives with the motif of invisible strength. This motif develops within the Jong family between both Lindo and Waverly. Lindo first discovers invisible strength as a young girl living in China. She is forced into a marriage she does not want and learns that she has to remain strong. “I asked myself, What is true about a person? […] And then I realized it was the first time I could see the power of the wind. I couldn’t see the wind itself, but I could see it carried the water that filled the rivers and shaped the countryside.” (58) In this moment Lindo realizes the power of the wind, a recurring symbol of invisible strengths. The wind is invisible yet strong. This realization allows her to stay strong and push through her troubles. She does this while still remaining true to herself. “I wiped my eyes and looked in the mirror. I was surprised at what I saw. […] I was strong. I was pure. I had genuine thoughts inside that no one could see, that no one could ever take away from me. I was like the wind.” (58) Lindo’s realization that she is like the wind helps her recognize that she does not only have to push through her problems, she has to solve them. Amy Tan is showing that this ability to remain invisible and strong is needed for individuals to take control of their own lives. Later, in the story “Rules of the Game”, Waverly shows signs of having this same trait. “Lau Po, as he allowed me to call him, turned...
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