The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club Learning Guide: Table of Contents

Introduction
Analysis
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
The Swan and the Swan Feather
The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates
Queen Mother of the Western Skies
Food
The Red Candle
Marble End Table/Black Vase
The Jade Pendant, Jing-mei's "Life's Importance"
Setting
Narrator Point of View
Genre
Tone
Writing Style
What’s Up With the Title?
Plot Analysis
Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: None
Three Act Plot Analysis
Trivia
Steaminess Rating
Allusions
Brief Summary
Part 1, Prologue
Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 2, Prologue
Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 3, Prologue
Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 4, Prologue
Part 4, Chapter 1
Part 4, Chapter 2
Part 4, Chapter 3
Part 4, Chapter 4
Characters
The Mothers: Suyuan Woo, An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-ying St. Clair
Suyuan Woo
Suyuan Woo Timeline
An-mei Hsu
An-mei Hsu Timeline
Lindo Jong
Lindo Jong Timeline
Ying-ying St. Clair
Ying-ying St. Clair Timeline
The Daughters
Jing-mei (June) Woo
Jing-mei (June) Woo Timeline
Waverly Jong
Waverly Jong Timeline
Rose Hsu Jordan
Rose Hsu Jordan Timeline
Lena St. Clair
Lena St. Clair Timeline
Study Questions
Character Roles (Protagonist, Antagonist...)
Protagonist
Antagonist
GuideMentor
Tools of Characterization
Themes
Quotes
Transformation
Transformation Quotes
Friendship
Friendship Quotes
Language and Communication
Language and Communication Quotes
Visions of America
Visions of America Quotes
Foreignness and 'The Other'
Foreignness and 'The Other' Quotes
Dreams, Hopes, and Plans
Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Quotes
Sex
Sex Quotes
Women and Femininity
Women and Femininity Quotes
Family
Family Quotes
Identity
Identity Quotes
Best of the Web
Module Quizzes
Module Flashcards
Quotes (What was Said)
Quotes (What was Said) Flashcards
Quotes (What was Said) True or False
Themes (For the Most Part)
Themes (For the Most Part) Flashcards
Themes (For the Most Part) True or False
Symbols
Symbols Flashcards
Symbols True or False
Notably Less Obnoxious Than the Joy Behar Club
Notably Less Obnoxious Than the Joy Behar Club Flashcards
Notably Less Obnoxious Than the Joy Behar Club True or False
Slightly Less Little Women
Slightly Less Little Women Flashcards
Slightly Less Little Women True or False
Essay
The Joy Luck Club
Current Events & Pop Culture
Challenges & Opportunities
Assignments & Activities
Characterization
Chew On This
Character Journal Entry
Facebook Plot Summary
Archetypes
Symbolism, Allusion, and Irony
Literary Devices
Adaptation
Why Should I Care?
Character Mahjong
From Novel to Big Screen
Act It Out
Discussion & Essay Questions
Reading Quizzes
Related History & Literature on Shmoop