Two Generations; Eight Stories
By: Kelly Palmer
My Favorite Parable
In The Joy Luck Club, the parable "Feathers From a Thousand Li Away" was my favorite because it was an interesting story about the power of sacrifice. The parable paves the way for the rest of the chapter because it connects to each mother-daughter pair since they all make sacrifices for one another. In the parable, the mother had moved to America to give her future daughter the best possible life, but when they were both older, the daughter "grew up speaking only English and swallowing more Coca-Cola than sorrow" (Tan 17). I enjoy this parable the most because it showed how the mother had good intentions in trying to tell her daughter about her sacrifices, but she never was able to because she never learned English.
Mother/Daughter Pair I Would Read
This picture goes with "My Favorite Parable" because it is the one swan feather that is left over from the mothers trip to America. It represents all of the sacrifices that the mother made for her daughter, so that she could have a life that wouldn't be based off of her husband or be looked down upon.
Mother and Daughter
I chose this picture for the "Mother/Daughter Pair I Would Read" because it shows the love between these two relatives. Rose chooses to love An-Mei even when her grandmother had taught Rose that her mother was a bad person.
I chose this picture of flowers blowing in the wind for the "Poignant Quote" selection. Wind is unseen and unknown, just like Ying-Ying and Lena are, along with the rest of the mother-daughter pairs in the book.