Fasting of the Heart: Mother-Tradition and Sacred Systems in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club "Concentrate your will. Hear not with your ears but with your mind ;not with your mind, but with your spirit . . . blank, passively responsive to externals. In such open receptivity only can Tao abide. And in that open receptivity is fasting of the heart." (Chuangtze, in Yutang, 228) "The Master said, 'Look at the means a man employs, observe the path he Joy Luck Club
Is it fair to judge someone by their sex? In traditional Chinese culture, many judgments were made about a person just by observing their sex. The women was ...takes and examine where he feels at home. In what way is a man's true character hidden from view?' " (Confucius, in Lau, 64) Amy Tan weaves many elements of Taoism and Confucianism into the subtle fabric of The Joy Luck Club. A reading of the text with attention to the way these two sacred systems interact between each mother and daughter offers a unique way to make sense of her group of loosely linked stories and ambiguous resolutions. Taoism Joy Luck Club
In the novel "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan, the ignorance, the disregard of, and the necessity of love are all introduced as the characters tell their life stories ...as a tradition is concerned with conflicts and ambiguities, asserting that ambiguities themselves are significant and may point to the invisible core of life. Tan may weave elements of Taoism into the narrative to locate the "invisible core" of Chinese women's culture, of the immigrant family--and of the novel itself--within apparent conflicts or ambiguities. Tan's use of Confucianism may reveal her hypothesis of how a women's version of that patriarchal ethical-moral-ritual tradition might be passed down from mother to daughter Joy Luck Club
In the novel "The Joy Luck Club" ;by Amy Tan, the ignorance, the disregard of, and the necessity of love are all introduced as the characters tell their life stories ...and carried to America. Just as in the Confucian ritual system, very little of the mother-tradition in the text is told explicitly from mother to daughter: ritual actions are supposed to be observed, absorbed, read, and understood in order to be transformed, preserved and handed down in turn. I. From a Taoist perspective, the fact that The Joy Luck Club is divided into four sections of four stories each, about four mothers and four daughters, carries symbolic weight. In Taoism why the joy luck club sucks
Just last night I saw the movie, The Joy Luck Club (JLC), which played on television for the first time in Los Angeles. I had been meaning to see this ...(see Appendices I & II), there are not four directions, but five, the fifth being the dynamic center (Cordless, 2/13/92). The dynamic center of the novel is contained within the four sets of four stories. For example, the four places at the Mah Jong table are thrown out of balance by the death of Jing-Mei Woo's mother, and Jing-Mei must replace her at the table to restore the balance and support the dynamic center which is the ritual of the Joy Luck Club
Erica Tam November 5, 2000 Final Draft In Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds,” Tan uses the central conflict and symbolism to emphasize the idea that achieving the American Dream is ...game itself (Tan, 19, 22). In this same way, the structure of the first section is unstable (due to her mother's death), and Jing-Mei must narrate all four Woo stories in her mother's absence. Confucianism and Taoism were both responses to times of conflict. Confucianism is usually dominant in times of peace, while Taoism is dominant in times of war or strife. Jing-Mei's mother created the Joy-Luck Club during a war, and although the Joy Luck Club is a ritual the connection between Amy Tan and the characters of "The Joy Luck Club" Amy Tan uses facts from her life and her own identity to create the character of Jing-Mei Woo for her first novel “The Joy Luck Club”. ...(Tan, 21), its relativism is essentially Taoist:...
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