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The Book Review of The Joy Luck Club
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The Book Review of The Joy Luck Club

 

Joy luck club narrates the story of four Chinese mothers who moved to USA and gave birth to a daughter respectively. As the immigrant of first generation ,the mothers had their own miserable and hard lives while their daughters who grew up in the new states developed a completely different characteristics ,thus led to a contradictory ,lively and moving story.

Anmei’s mother--Magpies

Anmei’s mother was regarded as unfilial and disloyal by her brother ,her mother and even the whole public .She was raped by the merchant Wu Tsing when her husband died and it was a big shame for the the whole family although she was framed up by Wu Tsing and his Second Wife with their bad intensions. When she returned to her brother’s house and kowtowed three times to say good-bye,her brother kicked her ,and her own mother banned her from the family house forever .Moreover,three years later,she gave birth to a son ,but the Second Wife claimed the baby as her own  without the agreement  of Anmei’s mother. In order to make a equal and free status for her daughter, and not let her daughter go in the same way as her, she suicided herself in the third day of New Year. She was like a magpies ,birds of joy,whose tears did not wash away sorrows but fed someone else’s joy.      

 Ying-ying--without spirit /tragic marriage

 Ying-ying used to ba a wild , stubborn but innocent girl and always wore a smirk on her face. However ,all those changed six months after he met a man who attended her youngest aunt’s wedding where he hissed drunkenly to Ying-ying that he was ready to kaigwa. After they got married ,she became a stranger to herself in order to please her husband . Ying-ying wanted to be pretty for him ,so he brushed her hair ninety-nine times a night to bring luck to their marital bed with the  hope of conceiving a son .

 Nevertheless those strugglings did not guarantee her a happy marriage . On a business trip of her husband to the north ,Ying-ying found out from her youngest aunt that he had left her to live with a opera singer.Later still ,when she overcame grief and came to have nothing but loathing despair ,her youngest aunt even told her that she had other women-dancers ,American ladies ,prostitutes and even a girl cousin younger than she was. Then in her mind ,she became abandoned goods ,she was in a complete desperate and shame that she even decided to kill the beloved and expected baby in her womb ,for she came to hate her husband so much. After a long time when Ying-ying thought her husband had drained everything from her heart,she still could feel some something strong and bitter flowing and made her feel another emptiness in place. What a tragedy that Ying-Ying could not  get rid of her miserable past even after a such long time .

Lindo’s  red cradle  

It was only two years old that Lindo was betrothed to Huang family as a child bride. Afterwards, Lindo’s family suffered famine and poverty and had to move to the south.They did’t want to fend for the food-consuming and non-prospective daughter .As a result,when Lindo was twelve years old ,she was sent to her husband house .But her life still didn’t changed too much. On one hand,she was mistreated ruthlessly by the Huangs and lived a indecent life like a slave. On the other hand ,she had to be a obedient wife and flattery daughter-in-law. When Lindo did not got pregnant as her mother-in -low had expected ,when Tianyuan was still a little child ,Huang Taitai even locked  Lindo in the room and said that she couldn’t  go out until Lindo had a baby. Lindo ‘s engagement and dramatic marriage was the result of the traditional and outdated family  view. It reflected a kind of female stereotype which regarded women as a instrument ,not a thinking role. Without doubt it was the product of the feudal society which constrained  women form pursuit of  their own rights

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