Waverly And Mrs. Jong In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

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Donald Coggins 9lit Ms. Caldwell 1/6/13 In the story “Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan, Waverly and Mrs. Jong are more alike than different in the sense they both use invisible strength Waverly’s mother was always teaching her about the “art of invisible strength”. Waverly says that she uses this as a “strategy for winning arguments, respect from others, and eventually, though neither of us knew it at the time, chess games. Invisible strength symbolizes rules, and knowledge. In the story Waverly shows knowledge in the way at, the beginning of the story when she was younger Waverly wanted some salted plums. So Waverly was about to cry and her mother said “Bite back your tong”. Waverly was way younger so this showed that she was knowledgeable because not many young kids can do that and listen to their mother. Ms Jong shows she is…show more content…
jong she said she said in her very broken English “This American rules, 'Every time people come out from foreign country, must know rules. You not know, judge say, Too bad, go back. They not telling you why so you can use their way forward. They say, Don't know why, you find out yourself. But they knowing all the time. Better you take”. This shows invisible strength in the way that she knows rules are just something that people come up with and if you don’t know the rules you are wrong. Waverly shows understanding of rules in the way. In the beginning of the story Waverly did not understand anything about chess. She read the rules and looked up all the big words in a dictionary. and later she came close to becoming a chess master by the way of invisible strength. In the story “rules of the game” mother and daughter both have invisible strength. Though in the end of the story, ms. Jong beats Waverly with invisible strength. Both mother and daughter utilized the extrondary power of the human

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