Joy Luck Club1 Essay

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Joy Luck Club1

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
memories. The characters in "The Joy Luck Club" take love for granted. By ignoring love,
concentrating more on material possessions, and hiding their true identities, the
characters don't realize love's importance. One character that takes love for granted is
Harold, Lena St. Clair's husband. This occurs when Lena leans over to him in their car and
states "I love you." He responds by asking Lena a question about his car, which seems to
be more important to him than his relationship with her. Harold does not realize the
importance of love. He only thinks about material possessions. Since Harold does not
revealing his true nature, he reveals that he has a lack of love for himself as an
individual. The love you have for yourself is a necessity in life because it provides
self-respect; if one respects oneself, one will respect and love others. The story of
Lindo Jong provides insight into the concept of revealing your true nature. To "keep
everything inside" as does Lindo Jong, provides for not being able to experience love to
its fullest. Lindo Jong hides "under a red marriage scarf" in attempt to shield herself
from the outside world. Her "hiding under the scarf" demonstrates that to be able to love,
you must be able to first reveal your true nature. Ying-Ying St. Clair stands as an
example of the desire to remain hidden as she says, "All these years I kept my true nature
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