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The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club


by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club Women and Femininity Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Part.Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #7

"For woman is yin," she cried sadly, "the darkness within, where untempered passions lie. And man is yang, bright truth lighting our minds." (I.4.108)

Need we say anything? This formulation clearly favors men over women.

Quote #8

"Is new American rules," said my mother. "Meimei play, squeeze all her brains out for win chess. You play, worth squeeze towel." (II.1.50)

Waverly grew up in a much different fashion than her mother did; she got to focus on chess strategy while her brothers did the chores.

Quote #9

The emotional effect of saving and being saved was addicting to both of us. And that, as much as anything we ever did in bed, was how we made love to each other: conjoined where my weaknesses needed protection. (II.3.19)

Rose and Ted fit a traditional roles of damsel in distress and knight in shining armor.

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