Things Fall Apart, Joy Luck Club Comparison Essay

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Parent-Child Relationships
Parents strive to do what is best for their children, but sometimes the children want to go their own ways and pursue their interests. Throughout the books Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, the reader will find that all of the parent’s characters in both books want what is best for their children. Although father-son and mother-daughter relationships differ greatly, both parent genders still want what is best for their children and will try with utmost perseverance and passion to do so. It seems that the closer of a relationship there between the parents in the book has a direct connection between how much they understand their children’s intentions. Okonkwo does not have any true closeness towards Nwoye, therefore Nwoye decides to contravene his father’s wishes, and join the Christian religion. Children who don’t seem too fond of their parents, don’t really care what their parents think about any situation. This example is supported by the relationship’s distance between Nwoye and Okonkwo, seeing that Okonkwo beats Nwoye constantly and therefore creating that disturbance in their relationship. Nwoye did exactly what Okonkwo didn’t desire, by joining the Christian religion. Achebe shows that when there is a direct correlation between the intentions of the child and the parent-child relationship. The Joy Luck Club demonstrates this when Jing Mei thinks this…

“…What will I say? What can I tell them about my mother? I don’t know anything…”

Jing Mei’s mother, Suyuan told Jing Mei a parable about her struggles in life. Calling this story the Kweilin, Suyuan had always told this story to Jing Mei, only except with a twist a the end of every single time she told the story, but always emphasized the symbolism of the three silk dresses; the symbolism of hope. Jing Mei never understood the symbolism of the dresses, but with Suyuan, the dresses were one of her most prized possessions. Later in the story,...
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