Thetheme of deep meditation is well included in the works of Amy Tan. Aninstance of such cases is in the book, TheJoy Luck Clubas she attempts to narrate the story, TwoKinds.Here, she clearly brings out the situation of two women who havemigrated from China to the United States, a mother and a daughter.Suyuan, the mother, had one through a lot of hardships which rangedfrom living through a civil war and watching his children die. As aresult, she thought things through, analyzing how the situation wasand made a personal decision that the same would not happen to herdaughter (Tan 73). She had a clear view that her daughter did notneed to pass through whatever she had experienced in a bid to achievethe king of life that she wanted. Another issue that brought upchallenges is that migrant families had different problems, one ofthem being the utmost culture shock that is associated with newplaces. The family, therefore, had to adjust and go through a verystrenuous moment in a bid to ensure that they were able to livecomfortably.
Suyuanwas quite motivated by the fact that her daughter was still veryyoung, and so, it was highly possible for her to start establishing anice foundation that would enable her have a very good life that wasquite different from the one that her mother had. By the timeJing-Mei Woo , the daughter grew up to be an adult, she would alreadybe comfortable with the all new American culture that had deemedquite hard to adopt, especially for her mother. Suyuan, therefore,thought things through and decided to buy Ms.Woo a piano. Shebelieved that if her daughter learnt to play a piano at quite atender age, this would set a great centre stage that would help toensure that she had a beautiful future ahead. The flipside of thisissue is that Woo did not have the same views regarding piano (Tan95). She thought about the issue and made a resolve that her motherwas deeply involved in her life and denied her the chance to have alife that she wanted. She saw her mother as being hypocritical. Thisis because she set out to show that she was really interested in herdaughter having a beautiful life but still yet denied her the same.The back and forth conflict that exist between the mother and thedaughter can only be seen to have been healed by the very deepmeditation aspect.
Chin(2005) clearly puts it in his analysis of the work of Amy Tan. Heindicates that the aspect of deep meditation as it has beenhighlighted in the book, played a huge role in ensuring that themother and the daughter were brought together, although, “themother was no longer alive” (Chin 137) He states that the greatdifferences that they had were so hard to heal unless a more decisiveand rational thought process were put into it. He emphasizes on theaspect of age and maturity where he points out that Suyuanwas in a good position to make the right decision concerning thematter since she was more mature and, therefore, new better on whatshe had to do so as to help address the problem once and for all. Hegoes on to reinforce this statement by indicating that it was onlyafter Ms. Woo had grown up that she was able to also think throughthe entire issue and able to really understand that her mother wasonly after looking out for her own good.
Bloom(2005)while criticizing the works of Amy Tan, somehow happens to admire theease with which she highlighted the deep meditation theme in thestory, TwoKinds.Here, he brings out an entire new point of view to the wholesituation. He indicates that deep meditation is applied by the twowomen but in opposing directions. For instance, Suyuan thought aboutthe problem while, “focusing on the future of Woo” (Harold102).while Ms. Woo had a deep meditation while looking back at herpast so as to establish where she could have had gone wrong in a bidto appreciate the kind of a mother that she had an to generally knowthat she stood to make a real difference in the life that she livedand yearn for a more bigger and better one.
Adams(2005) also highlights the importance that deep meditation had ininfluencing a turn-around in the situation of Suyuan and herdaughter. He points out that, “a deep thought process healed thedeepest of wounds” (Adams 95). This was in a bid to explain theenough change that was seen first on the part of Suyuan, and lateron, on her daughter when she was old enough to think things through. Adams goes on to point out the big problems that Suyuan had with herdaughter as she aimed to make her have the kind of life that shereally wished for her to have. The more she tried the more Woo grewresentful towards her. Suyuan was more determined in changing thekind of views that her daughter had and make her follow what sheinstructed her. It was only after a matter of time as well asthinking clearly on the issue that she came to the understanding thatmaybe her daughter would not be able to see things the way she didand it was, therefore, necessary to accept things the way they wereand more on.
Don(2009) also did address the issue of deep meditation as it has beenhighlighted by Amy in her book. Here, he describes how it helped toshape the plot of the entire story. He states that, “a full thoughtprocess set the course through which the entire story flowed” (Don67). He shows that most of the decisions that were made were based onthe fact that a proper thought was given as it regards to the same,while weighing various scenarios. The protagonists of the story arebrought together through a deep thought process that acts to helpthem understand the views of each other.
Snodgress(2004) seems to aver with the style that is applied by Amy Tan as sheattempted to bring out the different problems that were experiencedby the mother and daughter. She highlights that the mother had a goodthought process that enabled her see what her daughter could not seeand at the same time make the decision to desist from issues thatcould bring about confrontations with her own daughter. She statesthat, “Suyuan was motivated by the occurrences of her past lifeand, therefore, interested in making her daughter have the best life(Snodgrass 117). This would help to ensure that she would do thatentire she could so as to ensure that her daughter lived to have thebest life that she possibly could. Woo, at that time, tried to thinkbut her thinking was blurred by the very fact that she was still veryyoung and, therefore, she was not I a good position to make arational judgment. Her thinking process is, however, seen to improvegreatly as she attains maturity where she looks back at her life andrealizes that her mother was really interested in her having a verygood life. She then realizes that what she had done was really wrongand comes to really admire playing a piano, something that she neverat one time of growing up, ever thought that she would come to love.
Inconclusion, the work of Amy Tan, TwoKinds,is a great representation of various problems that do take placeamong people, some of whom are closely related. It only shows thatsuch problems could only be short-lived if both parties involved madedeliberate decisions to ensure that they curtail the problem once andfor all. Such a situation is usually well enhanced by deep meditationwhere one or both parties go through a though process and attempts tolook into what could have had caused the conflict and how well such aproblem could be addressed so as to help reverse the situation. Thebook is worth a read.
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