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Jou Luck Club - Symbol and Image

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 12:01 AM
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The two symbols that I choose for American Translations were the wobbly table and Suyuan’s Pendant. These symbols represent what goes on within Lena’s and Jing- Mei’s lives.



The table and the vase in Lena’s home come to symbolize Lena’s marriage.   Like their relationships, the table is rickety and badly designed- ready to collapse with the slightest annoyance.   Lena had placed a vase on a wobbly table. Lena placed the vase was placed knowing it was in a dangerous position. She does not do anything to protect the vase from breaking. Like the vase, Lena’s marriage is in danger of falling and shattering.   Harold who built the wobbly   table when he was studying architecture and design is responsible for not fixing it, as well as , Lena is responsible for putting the vase on the wobbly table. Similarly, Harold was responsible for   not be supportive and strong enough to hold his commitment and his marriage as   Lean was responsible for knowing the marriage was in danger of shattering but refused to take any action. Ying- Ying shows her daughter as an image instead of words about, how her marriage is, “Fallen down … And it’s such a simple question.” (pg181). However, when her mother accidentally causes the vase to break, she lets Lean see that she should prevent disasters before they happen, rather than letting them happen, just like how Ying-Ying has done all her life. However, Harold is unaware of the tables’ bad designs as he is about his marriage. For example, Harold continues to buy ice cream every week but never notices that Lena never eats any of it.   However, Lena’s aware of the fragility of the table, and her marriage. When she tells Harold of her unhappiness and her desire to fix it, Harold does not see what really needs to be changed or fixed in their marriage.



Suyuan’s Pendant is in Jing-Mei’s story, “Best Quality”.   ”Five months ago, after crab dinner celebrating… to help me understand my grief” (pg 221), is a quote that...

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