Joy Luck Club Book Report

Joy Luck Club Book Report

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Book Report

Title: The Joy Luck Club
Author: Amy Tan
Write out the correct MLA citation for your book:
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. San Fran: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1989. Print.

Why do you think the author chose that title? If it is mentioned in the book, please quote it and give a page number.

I think the author chose “The Joy Luck Club” to be the title of this book because the story is based on a group of four Chinese Immigrant mothers and their American-raised daughters.

Where (in the world) and when (in history) does most of the story take place? If there is more than one time or place, tell how they connect.

Most of the story takes place in China and the United States, specifically San Francisco and California (Oakland). However, the time of the story is hard to tell because there are so many different stories that are told in the book; by the mothers and daughters. But I imagine the time frames being taken place during the 1900’s.

Describe the major characters: protagonist, antagonist, and secondary characters. How are they connected? How do they behave? If you need to mention a character to explain the plot, that character should be included here.

Since there are multiple stories within The Joy Luck Club, there are multiple protagonists. Whom are, Jing-Mei (June) Woo, Suyuan Woo, An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, Ying-Ying St. Clair, Rose Hsu Jordan, Waverly Jong, and Lena St. Clair. Overall, I think June is the main character as well as the main protagonist because she shares two more stories than each of the other characters. So because of this, the other protagonists could be the secondary characters. Suyuan is June’s mother, An-mei is Rose’s mother, Lindo is Waverly’s mother, and Ying-Ying is Lena’s mother.

What is the problem that needs to be solved?

The daughters are described as “American Translations” of their mothers because they were raised with the American lifestyle, but at the same time, the mothers want them...

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