The Joy Luck Club Study Guide
the swan teach?
to survive hard times.
In what ways does the parable at the beginning of this chapter help to support the
do you think the swan feather might represent in this story?
lost.” What is the “something” Suyuan lost during the Japanese invasion of China?
Why do you think she decides to finally reveal this painful part of her past to her
does too much of each element impact a person’s life?
understand their Chinese mothers. Find an example of this conflict between Suyuan
and her daughter.
communicating with her mother. She says:
“My mother and I never really understood one another. We translated each other’s meanings and I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more.” (Pg. 27)
Find an incident from the story, which supports Jing-mei’s statement.
“And I am sitting, at my mother’s place at the mah jong table, on the East, where things begin”? (Pg. 32)
listen. What lessons do the parables teach young An-mei?
Girl who refused to listen to the elders. Shook her head to vigorously in refusal that he brain poured out of her ears.
and stories about her father’s painting?
Popo knows how strong An-mei’s love is for her mother?
hard learning to sew and cook in the Huangs’ servant’s quarters?
Lindo decide to blow out her husband’s end of the candle?
without her gold bracelets?
marriage to her son.
about the stink from the burning incense?
in this story?
“For woman is yin,” she cried sadly, “the darkness within, where untempered
passions lie. And man is yang, bright truth lighting our minds.” (Pg. 82)
reality. Find an incident from this chapter that helps to illustrate this theme.
with their Americanized daughters. What do the following lines from the beginning
of this chapter tell the reader about Ying-Ying’s relationship to her daughter? In what
ways are Ying-Ying and her daughter alike?
“And I want to tell her this: We are lost, she and I, unseen and not seeing, unheard
and not hearing, unknown by others.” (Pg. 64)
The generation gap, including age and heritage, between mothers and daughters
makes communication between them difficult.
passage from this chapter.
“This American rules,” she concluded at last. “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 go forward. They say, Don’t know why, you find our yourself. But
they knowing all the time. Better you take it, find out why yourself.”
back to the wind mentioned in the story about the red candle?
smile. “Strongest wind cannot be seen.” (Pg. 103) For what reasons do you agree or
disagree with Lindo’s belief that she is the victor in her battle with Waverly? Cite
incidents from the story to support your answer.
mothers and the American heritage of their daughters. Find an example of this
conflict in this story.
Ying-ying similar to An-mei’s mother from the story, Scar?
mothers and daughters resulting in a lack of communication between them. Find a
passage in this story which illustrates this communications gap by pointing out the
fact that Lena can understand her mother’s Chinese words, but not their meanings.
what way is Ying-ying’s decline into insanity an example of the “worst possible thing
that could happen”?
Rose’s impending divorce? What generalization about life does it teach?
on Jing-Mei becoming a great pianist?
expectations and asserting her own will?
called “Pleading Child” and the other called “Perfectly Contented”?
Lena worried about her mother’s opinion of their new home?
suggest to the reader about the quality of their marriage?
share or not share in his success?
stories by once again referring to one of the characters as a “ghost.”
does this small table represent in this story?
a Horse and she is a Rabbit?
a Horse and she is a Rabbit?
are insults to her mother.
“The three of us, leaving our differences behind, stepping on the plane together,
sitting side by side, lifting off, moving West to reach the East.” Pg. 205
both hulihudu and heimongmong?
daughter to stop talking to a psychiatrist and talk to her husband?
garden planting weeds? What does the garden represent in this story?
Why does Suyuan want to give Jing-Mei the pendant?
To prove to June that she is not like the rest
“…t is useless to cry. Your tears do not wash away your sorrows. They feed someone else’s joy.” (Pg. 244)
How does this moral or lesson apply to Rose’s divorce from Ted described in the story, Without Wood?
wife cause An-mei’s mother pain?
the incidents in this story helps to illustrate this theme?
demonstrate her strength to the Second wife?
mirror and she tells Waverly “You can see your character in your face,…You can see
your future”? (Pg. 292)
Chwun Hwa – soring flower
Suyuan – long cherished wish
Jing-mei – quality essence of something- little sister
to tell them that Suyuan is dead
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