In the story of Two Kinds, the focus is on the narrator and main character, Jing-mei, as she is being pushed by her mother to become a musical prodigy. The motivation behind the prodding of Jing-mei’s mother is to compete with bragging rights to their family friend, Lindo Jong, whose daughter Waverly is a publicized young chess champion. While Jing-mei reluctantly obeys her mother’s wishes at the onset of things, this causes personal conflict with Jing-mei since she feels that her mother is pushing her to be someone that she is not. This becomes the frustration between both mother and daughter, which eventually leads Jing-mei to wonder what the rationale is behind her mother’s actions. The story’s main character, Jing-mei Woo, could be considered as a conflicted character. The tension of this conflict is found towards her mother with regards on how they view the way her life should be. The reason that causes this tension is the manner as to how Jing-mei was raised in a different environment from that of her mother. Unlike her mother, Jing-mei grew up in an environment that was more culturally American. The cultural environment in the United States is very liberal and highly individualistic. Jing-mei’s reluctance to her mother’s prodding and wishes is not really that of baseless defiance or rebellion, but because Jing-mei does not feel obliged to it and does not see herself anything like her mom’s idea of her being a musical prodigy. While Jing-mei did accept the idea at first, she eventually
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Name Instructor’s Name Course Date of Submission “Reflective essay on Two Kinds” “Two Kinds” is a short story written by Amy Tan. Analogy to the story in question, the subject matter depicts that there is a providence that shapes human destiny and in spite of the rough strokes of life, the figure in the end assumes beauty and perfection.
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felt that her mother was pushing her a little too hard. She would learn to play the piano, but she learns only with mediocre efforts and attitude later on. This leads to her mother’s disappointment and further deepens the conflict. This leads Jing-mei to help understand her mom’s reasons after she passes away. In contrast, Jing-mei’s mother, whose name is Suyuan, has a different kind of cultural mindset. Suyuan believes that the obedience of a daughter is most important and that a mother’s age and wisdom is essential with the times and traditions. Suyuan was raised at the ending days of the short-lived Republican China and the initial invasion of the Japanese. When the Japanese did invade China, Suyuan was forced to leave everything behind, as well as losing her husband to the war and abandoning her first twin daughters in order to escape a war-torn China and start a new life in the United States. There she remarried and gave birth to Jing-mei. These series of misfortunes are what likely made Suyuan want to push Jing-mei to find some sort of talent to attain fame, and also to be a competitor with her Joy Luck Club friend Lindo Jong and her chess champion daughter Waverly. Plot Structure The plot starts with an exposition by the narrator and main character, Jing-mei, narrating her mother’s escape from China and arrival at the United States. She did that in order to leave her war-ravaged homeland. When she was to give birth to Jing-mei, Suyuan made it a goal that she will raise a child who will possess exceptional talent, and who will earn great fame and accolade from the public. The rising action of the plot starts as Suyuan tries to find some sort of hidden talent in Jing-mei. After watching the television shows of the child star Shirley Temple, Suyuan then pushes Jing-mei to be a child star and enrolls her in piano lessons. Suyuan was also intent in having a rivalry with her friend Lindo Jong. This leads Jing-mei to be frustrated and exasperated. Thus, she made sure that her mother’s plan would not transform into reality. The climax of the
I think the conclusion to the story actually fits well. The idea that the experience of mother and daughter regarding piano ends in a sort of stalemate is appropriate. Both realize that there is more to their own senses of self. The mother begins to understand that the pursuit of the American Dream can contain subterranean demons and these must be acknowledged. The daughter realizes that she crossed a line in resurrecting a memory from the past. Both understand that there might be a component to their identities that will never be fully grasped by the other. The mother will never understand that her daughter is armed with a conception of freedom "to be herself," as opposed to living with the expectations placed on external contingencies. By the very same analysis, the daughter will never understand the level of difficulty her mother endured in the patriarchal and traditional society of China and the pain caused with the abandonment of her two children. This level of disconnect might be why the mother gives the piano to the grown up daughter at the end of the story. While there is an understanding about the gesture, it never is fully realized. I think this speaks well to the generational and cultural experiences of both mother and daughter, making the ending quite valid.