Running head: THE JOY LUCK CLUB1The Joy Luck Club (1993): Film AnalysisNameInstitution Professor CourseDate
THE JOY LUCK CLUB 2The Joy Luck Club (1993): Film AnalysisThe plot of the film is constructed around the unconditional love that exists between a daughter and the mother and the cultural issues that characterize Chinese living in a foreign nation. Mothers are always there during the good and the bad times and in spite the fact that she may disagree with you she remains close and wants the best for you regardless of situations. The plot also presents other themes including pain, spirit, sacrifice, and more importantly, the struggle faced by Chinese mothers as they strived to immigrate into America (Adams, 2006). In America, the mothers hoped to make much better life for them and their accompanying daughters. The film further seeks to depict the relationship that existed between these Chinese mothers and their now American daughters. It is a reflection of the Chinese culture and society and holds several lessons that others can learn from. This paper proceeds to discuss important cultural issues in the film The Joy Luck Club. The story is told from the perspective of Chinese mothers and that of their daughters. Most of these experiences are told through a series of vignettes and flashbacks. This implies that the story is told from past to present. This helps the daughters to understand the lives of their grandmothers and mothers back in China and as such appreciate their sacrifices and heritage. According to Adams (2006), the flashbacks are particularly full of memories of pain and sacrifices back in China as the women recall how they had to endure experiences of abusive menincluding horrors of rape, forced concubines, forced to use opium, and many sacrificial jobs that only mothers can take for the sake of their children. The main values portrayed here is that despite all the horrors that these women had to endure, they conquered it all and maintained theirsense of dignity and grace. They had hope of making a better life than they had themselves back
THE JOY LUCK CLUB 3in China. The storyline is given in a multiple narrative sections introduced at the start of the film and centred on a farewell party.