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Joy Luck Club Character Analysis

Lindo Jong is a member of the Joy Luck Club along with Suyuan Woo, An-mei Hsu, and Ying-ying St. Clair. Lindo Jong is a mother to three children, a divorcee, and a wife to a second husband. She grew up in China, and even though her children are American, she wants them to have some Chinese character also. Lindo’s character encompasses three major traits including cleverness, being controlling, and loving. When Lindo turned the age of two, she was engaged to marry Tyan-yu who was one year old at the time.

When her family’s house was destroyed by a flood, Lindo left her mother to live with Tyan-yu and his family while her’s lived with other relatives. Over a time period of about 4 years, Lindo began to forget who she was and where she came from partly because of Huang Taitai’s supervision. Since she didn’t want to be in the marriage, she cleverly devised a plot to escape from her awful commitment with Tyan-yu. She told Huang Taitai that their ancestor is going to give their family three forewarnings that Lindo and Tyan-yu should not be married.

First, a black. nger-print sized mark on Tyan-yu’s back will start to eat away at his flesh. Lindo saw this mark ever since she had been sleeping with him as if they were brother and sister. Secondly, the tooth in Lindo’s mouth, which had rotted and fallen out four years ago, had disappeared. She said “He said my teeth would start to fall out one by one, until I could no longer protest leaving this marriage. ” (Tan 61) Lastly, Lindo proclaimed that the servant girl has already been chosen to be Tyan-yu’s true wife, and that a seed has already been planted into her.

Unknowingly to Huang Taitai, Lindo had seen the servant girl speaking to a delivery man who had actually impregnated her. After receiving a ticket to Peking, she married Tin Jong and had three children, Winston, Vincent, and Waverly. Waverly, her only daughter, became a national chess champion by the time she was nine years old. After she and Lindo got into an argument over chess, Waverly decided she would stop playing. After Waverly and Lindo have a chance to think about their argument, Waverly decides to play chess again.

Her mother remarks with “You think it is so easy. One day quit. Next day play. Everything for you is this way. so smart, so easy, so fast. It is not so easy anymore. ” (Tan 189) With these words, she immediately surprised Waverly and made her realize her faults. Waverly considered that she had been planning this the entire time. Lindo’s character also has a controlling force over many roles in the story as well. For instance, after Waverly tells Lindo that she is engaged to Rich, she says that Lindo has complete control over her with even so much as one look.

With the family as well, Lindo has gotten the family into a tradition. On the night of Lindo’s special dinner when she met Rich, she served her special dish, steamed pork and preserved vegetables. She insulted her own dish, saying that it was not salty enough, and it was the family’s cue to announce it the best dish she had ever created. This was her power over them. Contrary to her negative attributes, she was very caring and loving toward her daughter. Even though Waverly thought that she didn’t like Rich, it turned out that she did.

The one reason why she criticized him was because she didn’t think that he could measure up to Waverly’s standards. Because Rich makes Waverly feel as though she’s perfect, Lindo eventually learns to like him. In conclusion, Lindo Jong did her best to try to raise her children and teach them her lessons including the “art of invisible strength” which she uses so much. Raising children in an environment dissimilar from the one in which she grew up is hard for her, but she uses all her qualities to bring her children to adulthood with strong Chinese character.

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