Generations of the Chinese Spirit
The Joy Luck Club
Writing prompt #1
Writing Prompt #2
Writing Prompt #3
This is my favorite quote because it teaches the theme of interior strength for one's greater good. The quote reflects the two conflicts taking place. The current problem is An-mei's daughter, Rose, ignoring her sadness about her divorce. The other conflict was when An-mei was a child and she couldn't help but be sad about her long lost mother returning. She learned to swallow her tears or else it'll feed someone else's happiness. The quote represents both the right and wrong way to deal with emotional problems. An-mei learned in her childhood that there were things she couldn't control, so she had to accept them. Rose's problem was that she was able to control her own destiny, but chose to swallow her own tears.