Research Questions. Questions must be open enough to allow you to draw conclusions . Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?. Format of questions. General pattern you could use. Question 1: General information e.g. What themes/ideas are shown/explored.
Amy Tan clearly deals with two main issues in all of the texts studied: loss of self identity and family secrets.
Loss of self identity
The daughters from the texts feel a loss of self identity that they attribute to their mothers, themselves or their American lifestyle. To Luling in The Bonesetter’s Daughter, the loss of her family name leaves her with a loss of self identity and in conflict with her ancestral ghosts:
“She nodded towards me and said with her hands: My family names the name of all the bonesetters. Never forget this name ... And the name was – Why can’t I see it now? I’ve pushed a hundred family names through my mouth and none comes back with the belch of memory.”
Lulingfeels a sense of neglect towards her Chinese heritage that she credits to her American lifestyle. In breaking the cultural legacy of generations of women, Luling is creating a new identity and a modern approach to the world that alters her sense of identity. Through Luling, Amy Tan is showing us that a new environment can change our sense of self identity and the heritage we pass on to our children.
Presents accurate and detailed information coherently and interprets the information.
Information is interpreted. Qualitative judgements are made here, and throughout the report.