Joy Luck Club Essay

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Abuzar Turabi Mrs. Kira Rensch AP Language and Composition 16 May 2014 Character Analysis of Jing-Mei Woo Jing-Mei Woo is the narrator and the position of her story makes her seem to be the primary character of the novel “The Joy Luck Club”. At the end of the book, Jing-Mei Woo fully understands her mother and her Chinese heritage, and she travels to back to China to accomplish her deceased mother’s dream by taking over mahjong table in Joy Luck club. Even though “ we would actually argue that Jing-mei develops the least personally.”(Shmoop), Among all the daughters in the novel, Jing-Mei is the one who fully and truly realizes her individuality, for she preserves her Chinese values along with her American character by “serving as a bridge” (SparksNotes) between the two different cultures. In the first chapter, Jing-Mei Woo’s father asks her to “be the fourth corner at Joy Luck club” (Tan, 5) because her mother had recently passed away. She then goes to the Hsus' house which felt, “heavy with greasy odors.” (Tan 15) She acts very courteous to everyone and respects the wishes of her elders as displayed when she accepts to take her mother’s place at the mahjong table. She feels out of place because she is younger than everyone else, and she finds out that her mother had made excuses for her to the other members. Although June dropped out of college, her mother told them that she might go back for a degree. “..but I know right away she’s lying. I know my mother probably told her I was going back to school to finish my degree.” (Tan 27) As the chapter is coming to an end and the night is at its peak, Jing-Mei starts to get up to leave but when the women stop her and tell June that her mother had left behind two infant twin daughters in China, she was shocked. “My sisters, I repeat to myself, saying these two words together for first time” (Tan

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