The Joy Luck Club: Lindo and Waverly Jong
The relationship between Lindo and Waverly is a rather unheathly one. Lindo, the
mother, comes from a rich Chinese culture. While her daughter Waverly came from a
mixture of Western and Chinese culture. The both of them had a rough childhood in
different ways. They have to deal with a big obstacle, both of them overcome it. Even
after they do so, they are still in a bad position.
Lindo’s mother set up her daughter in an arranged marriage at the age of two.
When Lindo is twelve, she is left at the mansion of a rich Chinese family. And her groom
is an eleven-year-old boy. Her mother-in-law is a real pain in the ass, expecting a
grandson, forcing Lindo to allow her husband to try to impregnate her. She manages to
break up the marriage by pretending to see dreams about the family’s demise. Even
afterwards, Lindo is rock bottom.
Waverly is the other hand is in a middle-class family. She is a chess prodigy,
extremely talented in the game. She is so good, she is on the cover of magazines. Her
mother, Lindo, shows Waverly off as if she is a trophy. Waverly doesn’t like this, so she
quits chess. This causes Lindo to give her the silent treatment. Waverly starts chess again,
and she sucks now.
Lindo and Waverly have great difficulty in relating to one another, due to their
lack of communication in the past. Thus causing conflict throughout the progression of
their relationship. Waverly tries her best to please her mother, while Lindo pretends not
to care. Waverly is engaged to a nice man and lives in a really nice apartment. The two
end up fixing their relationship at a beauty parlor. Waverly tells her mother how it feels
for her mother to not a care about her life. Lindo tells her daughter that she does care
about her and her husband. The importance of family for the two is that
miscommunication lead to a very choppy relationship and...
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