The Joy Luck Club
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And my mother loved to show me off, like one of the many trophies she polished. She used to discuss my games as if she had devised the strategies.
"I told my daughter, Use your horses to run over the enemy," she informed one shopkeeper. "She won very quickly this way. And of course, she had said this before the game – that a hundred other useless things that had nothing to do with my winning. (III.2.12)
Lindo is very proud of her daughter and likes to feel as though she had a hand in her daughter’s success – and likely she has. Waverly, however, doesn’t appreciate her mom’s claims on her success – she wants to feel like her victories are completely her own.
And looking at the coat in the mirror, I couldn’t fend off the strength of her will anymore, her ability to make me see black where there was once white, white where there was once black. The coat looked shabby, an imitation of romance. (III.2.34)
Waverly is looking for comfort and approval from her mother, not guidance or opinions. Lindo, however, seems to feel the need to provide brutal honesty.
I didn’t know what to do or say. In a matter of seconds it seemed, I had gone from being angered by her strength, to being amazed by her innocence, and then frightened by her vulnerability. And now I felt numb, strangely weak, as if someone had unplugged me and the current running through me had stopped. (III.2.123)
In one moment Waverly realizes that her mom is just a simple human being, leading Waverly to feel a ridiculous amount of different emotions towards her mother. It’s also important to notice that Waverly feels scared when she sees vulnerability in her mother; though she gets angry and frustrated with her mom, it’s somehow important that her mother should be invulnerable.