The Social Sciences

Year: 2016
Volume: 11
Issue: 16
Page No. 3920 - 3926

The Intricacy of Kinship: a Psychological Study of Conjugal Dissolution in My Tan’s the Valley of Amazement.

Authors : J. Amutha Monica, Mercy Gnana Gandhi and G. Sithalakshmy

Abstract: In the valley of amazement, Chinese-American writer Amy Tan artistically portrays the various facets of her identity, beginning with a daughter’s bonding with her mother and the confused state of the same young woman regarding her cultural identity. Tan’s novel describes the creation of Tan’s familial relationships, her love of English and her desire to affirm her Chinese cultural heritage. Tan clearly depicts the complexity of the conjugal relationship. The betrayal of women, the adverse events in their lives as concubines and their longing for love and the reunion of family members are among the "amazing" features of Tan’s the valley of amazement. Tan also observes the subjugation of the emotional artifact which the couples experience as they attempt to sustain their relationships. Steve Duck’s Theory of Ddissolution reinforces the importance of the conjugal relationship in Tan’s research. By applying Duck’s phases of dissolution theory, this study conducts a psychological study of the marital relationship and the devastating problems couples confront that result in prostitution.

How to cite this article:

J. Amutha Monica, Mercy Gnana Gandhi and G. Sithalakshmy, 2016. The Intricacy of Kinship: a Psychological Study of Conjugal Dissolution in My Tan’s the Valley of Amazement.. The Social Sciences, 11: 3920-3926.

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