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The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan

Analysis: Three Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

Jing-mei learns that her long-lost sisters have been found. She is to visit them in China, and break the news that their mother has died.

Act II

Mothers and daughters share their life stories with each other, revealing their hopes, fears, and dreams.


Jing-mei fulfills her mother’s long-cherished wish and meets with her half-sisters.

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