Cultural Conflicts and Integrations between the Two Generations in The Joy Luck Club from Pragmatics

Guo Jiaying


This paper analyzes talks between two generations based on two important methodologies of Pragmatics to find out useful pragmatic meanings from their conversations in The Joy Luck Club and reveals the changes in The Joy Luck Club from conflict to integration. Besides, reading many books, periodicals, and papers about Pragmatics to make sense of the back ground of this novel helps to understand the essence of this paper with the combination of Pragmatics. Through typical 11 conversations, we have better understanding about the change from cultural conflicts to cultural integration. These four mothers and daughters in The Joy Luck Club have gone through many difficulties in order to survive in America and integrate themselves into America culture, teaching their daughters how to cope with conflicts. In this sense, it lays a strong methodology foundation to highlight the theme, which contributes to analyzing the implication of conversation.



The Joy Luck Club; Pragmatics; Culture conflict; Culture integration

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