The Joy Luck Club

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2/20/01
"The Joy Luck Club"
Mrs. Wells
The "Joy Luck Club," by Amy Tan, is a collection of short stories about the relationships between Chinese born mothers and their American born daughters. The story called "Four Directions" is about a woman named Waverly Jong. The story is about Waverly trying to tell her mother that she is getting married to a American man named Richard. Waverly was a chess champion as while she was a young girl and she remembers the strategy that she used in her matches, and in her life, as she tries to tell her mother about a marriage to an American man. Waverly's mother was raised in China under Chinese traditions. Waverly's mother wants Waverly to marry a Chinese man and dos not want Waverly to marry an American man. As Waverly brings us through her decision making process, she questions the Chinese traditions that her mother strictly follows. Since Waverly grew up in an American society, she has lost the Chinese traditions that her mother has tried to teach her and therefore has weakened the bond between Waverly and her mother.

As Waverly brings her mother through her house, Waverly lets her mom see the male items that are around to hint to her mother that she is living with a man, like his clothes around the bedroom and his barbells on the floor. Waverly goes to her closet and shows her mother the fur coat that Richard had given to her. After seeing the coat, Waverly's mom says: "This is not so good,' she said at last. ‘It is just leftover strips. And the fur is too short, no long hairs." (p. 186)

The fur coat that Richard had given to Waverly was supposed to be a very nice gift and a symbol of how much their relationship meant to one another. Waverly's mom, unknowingly to Waverly, has realized that she is living with a man. The reason that Waverly's mom has insulted the gift is because she does not want Waverly to marry Richard. Waverly's mom wants Waverly to Break the relationship that she has...
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