In the book “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, it’s about a little girl who is pressured by her mother to become something she doesn’t want to be. Jing- mei , the daughter, is forced to become a prodigy(child actress), by her mother, and she doesn’t want to be one. In the story, Jing- meis’ mother uses allusions such as Shirley Temple to push her into becoming a prodigy. Although at first Jing- mei is excited to become a prodigy, she later realizes its something she just doesn’t enjoy doing. Consequently, the uses of allusion in the story help Jing- mei discover to not be a prodigy and that what her mother wants for her is not always important.
The story has a conflict that is related to opposition. The narrator disagrees with what her mother wants her to be, since the narrator felt that her mother was controlling her for years. For instance, the mother in the story suggests that her daughter would become the perfect girl and she would become famous. The traditional daughter relates to the American icon, “Shirley Temple”. Furthermore, the narrator goes through a rough time during the story because her mother feels like she can be good at something and stick to it.
“Two Kinds” a short story out of Amy Tan’s book “The Joy Luck Club” is a representation of the pressures immigrant children face from their parents. In the story, we follow a young girl named Jing-Mei as she embarks down the road to becoming a Prodigy. Her mother believed that “you could be anything you wanted to be in America” (Tan). For Jing-Mei that meant her mother believed she could become instantly famous. “Of course, you can be a prodigy, too”, her mother told her (Tan).
Grasping the same idea, she held onto her hard time back in her home. Jing-mei is her last hope to prove that her homeland can be just as talented as Americans. To follow through with this objective, her mother bends over backwards in search of the "right" kind of prodigy for her daughter. Although Jing-mei determinedly upsets her mother 's desires to make her a prodigy, it was as if it were decades afterwards in life that she picks up the understanding into her mother 's basic motives. This exposition will endeavor that "Two Kinds" is a compelling story to bring to light on the issues of identity.
Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20). Nanny is successfully able to convince her granddaughter through her own traumatic experiences and make her feel “sympathy” as she tells Janie she doesn’t want her life to be spoiled like her own life was. At first, Janie refuses to marry Logan Killicks. Nanny being the older one, defends herself by saying “put me down easy” since she can no longer care for Janie and only her wish is for Janie to get married and be protected from the dangers she and her own daughter faced. By calling herself a “cracked plate” Nanny further elucidates that she went through many hardships in her own life and wants to do the right thing for her granddaughter by
Regardless, her mother still is persistent on Jing Mei becoming a prodigy, despite her passionless performance and her family’s negative reaction. In return, Jing Mei becomes angry at her mother, and will do anything to change her mind. Screaming, “I wish I were dead! Like them.”, her mother freezes, disappointed in her daughter, and quits Jing Mei’s piano classes. On Page 28-29, Jing Mei’s perspective on the world becomes more apparent: “For unlike my mother, I didn’t believe I could be anything I wanted to be, I could only be me.” After Jing Mei’s cultural experiences, and her mother’s contrasted beliefs of Jing Mei’s musical power, Jing Mei feels more culturally and musically independent, as well as
The plot of a piece of literature contains every event and action that takes place within that piece. The Joy Luck Club contains many different stories, but their plots all entail the issue of cultural identity. For example, June notices the distress within the mothers of the novel once she tells them that because her mother had passed away, she has nothing to pass on to her children. June thinks, “What will I say?… They see their own daughters, just as ignorant… who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese… who will bear grandchildren born without any connecting hope passed from generation to generation” (Tan 31). June points out a very significant fact: because the American-born daughters “grow impatient” whenever their mothers are
Curley’s wife wished she could go to Hollywood and chase her dream of acting, the narrator wanted to was write. Curley’s wife had always regretted marrying Curley and was never satisfied with her role as a wife. Curley’s wife expressed this to Lennie, “I coulda made somethin’ of myself… maybe I will yet.” (Steinbeck, page 87) Similar to how the narrator was confined to her room, trapped by social expectations, unable to write or even fulfil her domestic role. The domestic sphere is a confinement towards both women, in the Yellow Wallpaper, the symbolism of the wallpaper and how it, “Becomes bars!” (Gilman) shows us how she felt physically and emotionally trapped by her role that she was unable to fufil. Whilst Curley’s wife expresses this through dialogue once again, “Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever’ once in a while.
The guilt of having abortion and a horror of people dying contribute to her nightmarish life. From the earlier chapters, Maria keeps mentioning about the people who she does not want to be correspondence with anymore or be part of their life. She repulses Carter and the other people in her life that include BZ and Susannah, she says “You are all making me sick (190).” However, she still long for human connection, she makes conversation with a woman who owns a coffee shop. Later, the woman invites Maria to see her house. While Maria there, in the house, she cries and makes the woman asks whether she is pregnant.
The story touches on a very common struggle in America, that between mother and daughter, in which the daughter never feels good enough for her mother. Also present is the struggle Jing-Mei has with herself In the story “Magpies” between An-mei Hsu and her mother, An-mei’s mother expresses her role as a “mother” by protecting her daughter from deception. When An-mei’s mother discovers An-mei is wearing a
Once Mariam and Rasheed start living together, she realizes that she has to work and do all of the chores. Life is not going to be like it was with Nana but instead she is about to suffer and endure with Rasheed the rest of her live. Enduring suffering is a reoccurring theme in the novel. Likewise, Laila, the daughter of one of her neighbors, is not even married yet, but she has to pick up the slack around her house because her mom is depressed after she hears her sons have died in the war. In Pakistan, age is but a number; women’s age means nothing to the society.
Goal 1: Kayla will improve her emotional and behavioral regulation. • QP met face to face with Kayla 's biological mother. • QP gave the purpose of this session which was to review Lesson 3: The 5Rs. • QP inquired if Kayla 's mother home lack structure. • QP directed Kayla 's mother to share rules implemented at their home.
The issue presented in this selection shows that Gaby Rodriguez is sick and tired of being expected that she will be a mother just like her mother and her older siblings. She was in honor classes and wanted to be the first of her family to go to college, everyone expected her to drop out of high school and not gradate unlike some Latina’s who would oppose the statistics by just doing well in school. She decided to fake her own pregnancy to get reactions and understand the stereotypes and what pregnant teens have to face. 2. Based on the information presented in this selection, do you feel this is an accurate account of the issue?