"The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan: mother and daughter relationships.

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The love between mothers and daughters is a sacred sort of love that will never become surpassed on the same type of intimate level. Cardinal Mermillod, Swiss Catholic Priest of mid 1800's said, "A mother's love can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take." This quote has precise relevancy to the key theme of: Barriers existing between generations, in Amy Tan's captivating novel, The Joy Luck Club. As a litterateur, Ms. Tan evokes further realization that a mother's love is an unsurpassing and eternal sentiment; through this the mothers improve their relationships with their daughters.

Firstly, the story An-Mei Hsu demonstrates that even the tinniest of motherly/daughterly acts can greatly alter perception. At a very young age, little An-Mei has been taught to deny her mother the slightest bit of kindest, and shows great hostility towards her. The young child lives with a grandmother, Popo.

The elderly woman eventually becomes very ill, and one morning An-Mei's mother return's to Popo's deathbed. The young woman gives an offering to her dying mother; this one act of sacrifice and forgiveness impacts An-Mei forever. For the first time she understands the power of a mother/daughter relationship. When An-Mei grows old, and has a daughter of her own, the reader realizes that them too have tensions in their relationship. Rose Hsu, An-Mei's daughter, feels opposed to her mother, and in essence afraid of her. It is only when Rose receives support and encouragement from her mother that their relationship begins the strain in their relationship disintegrates. As an outcome of reduced tensions, Rose begins to feel closer to her mother, she realizes that An-Mei loves her unconditionally. An-Mei, who is inarguably a strong woman, learned at a young age the value of maternal love. Through...