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Relationships of Waverly Jong and Jing-mei Woo in The Joy Luck Club Essay

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The Relationships of Waverly Jong and Jing-mei Woo at The Joy Luck Club    Amy Tan in her novel The Joy Luck Club introduces us with girls who are striving to put themselves beyond the hands of powerful mothers and become people. Adrienne Rich in her novel Of Woman Born calls that this splitting from the mother, "matraphobia" (Rich, 235), along with later notes: "The mother stands to get the sufferer in ourselves, the unfree woman, the martyr. Our personalities seem dangerously to blur and overlap with our moms; and, in a desperate effort to know where mother endings and daughter starts we perform radical operation." (Rich, 236) Tan shows us two characters in her book who knowingly split in their mother when they feel unable to maintain their true selves. These two personalities are Waverly Jong and Jing-mei Woo. Waverly's fracture from her mother comes when she perceives her mom's pride in her ability to play chess being something that raises her mommy's own self value. Waverly informs us: "I knew it was a mistake to mention anything more, but I heard my voice talking. 'Wh...

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