Essay heading: "Double Face" Analysis from The Joy Luck Club

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Waverly's incomplete understanding of Lindo as a "backwards old woman" who cannot understand American customs, makes her ashamed. Due to a lack of understanding, Lindo and Waverly must change themselves using double faces for each other to understand their thoughts. For example, after Waverly loudly asks Lindo what kind of hairstyle she wanted, Lindo smiled using her "American face", a face she says her daughter cannot understand, for it masks her true feelings...
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However, Lindo later smiles with her "Chinese face" when Mr. Rory remarks that it was "uncanny how much [Waverly and Lindo] looked alike." After, Lindo is surprised when Waverly tells Lindo that "[people] know that [they] are two-faced." Misunderstanding her daughter, Lindo thinks she must "sacrifice the other [face]" if she chooses to show one, whereas Waverly just simply mean to say that they can use their double face to their advantage...
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