The Joy Luck Club

How are the daughter in joy luck club American "translation" of their mothers

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The third section of the novel examines how things start to come full circle for the mothers. They have begun to reach their daughters after all these years, and the daughters begin to realize how much they are like their mothers. When the daughter in the prologue looks in the mirror, she sees not only her own reflection but also those of all the women in her family's past and future, and all the faces are her own. The mothers and daughters are like Chinese and American versions of the same story. They are essentially the same, but it impossible to make them exactly alike, like the reflections that the daughter in the prologue sees. As in literary translation, some things are lost, but new things are found through reinterpretation.