Jing Mei Pleading Child Analysis

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To begin, Jing-mei learns about herself through playing a few pieces on a piano. For example, years after Jing-mei plays “Pleading Child” in the talent show, she finds the second half of the song called, “Perfectly Contented”. “I [Jing-mei] realized that they were two halves of the same song”(6). Jing-mei realizes that “Pleading Child” is the sad beginning of a two part song. She understands that in the first part of her life, she was unhappy. She had to suffer through her mother’s tests and expectations. When Jing-mei is older, she becomes happier and she realizes that something sad can always turn happy, just like her life. In conclusion, Jing-mei discovers her identity by playing a very special song on the piano.
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