On The Role Of Mother Essay

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The Mother/Daughter Relationship in Toni Morrison’s Sula and Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club Marleen du Pree, 0211109 Master Thesis Engels: Educatie & Communicatie Supervisor: Roselinde Supheert Second Reader: Nicole Reith July 2006 17,292 words Preface I would like to extend my gratitude to the following people: Derek Rubin and Nicole Reith, for the introduction into African-American and other ethnic minority literature and for helping me narrowing down my topic; Roselinde Supheert, for her time, accuracy, encouragement, and kindness; my parents and brothers, for their never-ending support, and the possibility to go to university; my boyfriend, for helping me decipher the mysterious and frustrating world of Microsoft Word and his patience and motivational words; and to the many people who listened to me and put up with me during these last few months. Thank you, Marleen du Pree July 2006 Table of Contents Preface i Table of Contents ii Introduction 1 Chapter 1 - Feminist Psychoanalytical Framework 4 1.1 - The Mother/Daughter and Mother/Son Relationship 6 1.2 - Race and Class in Psychoanalysis 10 Chapter 2: The Mother/Daughter Relationship in Toni Morrison’s Sula 13 2.1 - Outline of Sula 14 2.2 - Eva and Hannah Peace 14 2.3 - Sula and Hannah Peace 16 2.4 - The Wrights: Helene and Nel 18 2.5 - Nel Wright and Sula Peace 20 2.6 - Sula’s Men 21 2.7 - Discussion and Conclusion 22 Chapter 3: Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club 24 3.1 - Outline of the JLC 25 3.2 - Jing-mei and Joy Luck 26 3.3 - The Mothers: Stories of the Past 27 3.4 - The Daughters: Their Childhood 29 3.5 - The Daughters: Adult Life 31 3.6 - Mother and Daughter Connection 33 Chapter 4 - Discussion 35 Works Cited 42 “… [Helen] rose grandly to the occasion of motherhood – grateful, deep
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