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Joy Lock Club

In the novel, “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan, the ignorance and disregard of, and the necessity of love are all introduced. As the characters in the story explain their life stories and memories. The characters in “The Joy Luck Club” seemed to take love for granted, by ignoring love and concentrating on material possessions and hiding their true identities. It seems to me that they don’t notice or realize loves importance.Harold, Lens St. Clair’s husband is the one character that takes love for granted. This I noticed when Lena leans over him in their car and states, “ I love you.” He responded by asking Lena a question about his car, which seems to be more important to him, than his relationship with her. Harold does not realize the importance of love. He only thinks about material possessions, since Harold does not show his true nature, he reveals that he had a lack of love for himself as an individual. The love that you have for yourself is a necessity in live, because it provides self-respect “ if one respects oneself, one will respect and love others.”The story of Lindo Jong provides insight into the concept of revealing your true nature. To “keep everything inside” as Lindo John provides for not being able to love to his fullest. Lindo Jong hides “under a red marriage scarf” in attempt to shield herself from the outside world. Her hiding demonstrates that to be able to love, you must be able to first reveal your true nature.Ying-Ying St Clair stands as an example of the desire to remain hidden as she says, “all these years I kept my true nature hidden, running along like a small shadow so nobody could catch me.” “The image of the shadow relates directly to the red marriage scarf.” They both try to conceal their true natures because the result of revealing your true nature self may be that of “pain”...

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