Daughters Become Mothers

Ben Borus

The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates

I enjoyed this parable because it shows how superstitious some cultures can be. The mother is worried about her daughter riding her bike to far, just in case she falls out of hearing range. These superstition are based on when the child was born. The parable is supposed to show the importance of listening and obeying your mother.

Another story I would like to read

St. Claire Story

I like the family dynamic in the St. Claire Family because it has a different vibe than the first story I read. The daughter in the St. Claire family is a lot more outgoing in her marriage and with her relationship with her mother. Also a lot of the story is about the daughter's journey to find herself at a young age as she struggles through her childhood. I find this really relatable as I go through middle school and into high school.

Favorite Quote

"And below the heimongmong, all along the ground, were weeds already spilling out over the edges, running wild in every direction" (Tan 196). I like this quote because it happens right after Rose decides to listen to her husband and stick up for herself. This is the first time Rose sticks up for herself and surprises her husband. I like this because it was one of the few happy parts in the story and it gives a little bit of hope to their family.

Theme Paragraph

In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan presents the idea that perseverance helps people overcome hardships when life becomes difficult. When An-mei gets the boiling hot soup fell on her face. An-mei, even though she was dying, persevered through this hardship, "The wound begins to close in on itself, to protect what is hurting so much" (Tan 47). Another time when the Hsu family persevered was when Rose stuck up for herself to her husband, when they were going through a divorce, "I saw what I wanted: his eyes, confused, then scared. He was hulihudu. The power of my words was that strong" (Tan 196).