The Rebellious Daughter: Analyzing the Theme of Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds” The story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan explores the deep familial emotions between a mother and her daughter. Jing-Mei’s mother had left China to come to America after losing her family, and had been raising Jing-Mei in America with her second husband. Despite her mother’s grand hopes for Jing-Mei to become successful in America by becoming a child prodigy, Jing-Mei did not share the same opinions.
The American Dream is something all immigrants dream of achieving when arriving to the United States. But what exactly is the American Dream? Some believe it to be the long-term achievement of a goal through hard work, while others see it as a new opportunity to redo life. The emphasis and interpretation of the American Dream changes between generations because it evolves with a sense of individuality in the new era of citizens, as they lack the background that deprived older generations their rights, which made them crave success and achievement when arriving to America, as illustrated by the relationship of Suyuan and Jing-Mei Woo.
The two stories “Champion of the World” by Maya Angelou and “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan discuss different problems within America. Angelou is an African-American woman while Tan is a Chinese-American woman. Angelou and Tan live in a different background. Angelou’s time period is more serious than the other causing her to be stronger. The characters both have different perceptions, but Angelou’s awareness is more eye opening making her valiant.
In this essay, Author Mei Chun began with explaining a concept of the prosimetric form, which is the incorporation of verse in a prose narrative. It is also a distinctive generic feature of vernacular fiction in late imperial China. The content of this article is about examining the narrative significance of verse in Feng Menglong’s “The pearl Shirt Reecountered”. Many scholar regards verse in friction as a type of narrative redundancy or a sign or orality. However, Menglong has utilized verse space and prose space in the story.
"Two Kinds" by Amy Tan is a complex representation of an unsteady mother-daughter relationship. The focal point of the story is oftentimes troublesome yet inescapable and uncovers clashing values. The relationship between Jing-mei and her mother stretches throughout the story. Conflict rises as opposite standpoints in connection with identification surface. Living in America as a Chinese immigrant, Jing-mei 's mother plants her dreams of American success on the shoulders of her daughter.
meals. This is why the readers feel the violence of history, but not the protagonists. Anything goes seems to be a valid principle to cross the existence, they have some sense of malaise and curiosity but they are too scared to pursuit, they love but in a very pale manner, they don’t burn of earnest emotion, are not intimate with each other, with any excess of life. They rather assume a numb approach towards the surrounding and by so doing they dry inside. As if moved by a Daoist refusal of social and political engagement, they finally get used to the tragedy, sitting in a courtyard or hiding within the crowd they see it happening, it is not that they are politically unaware but emotionally uninvolved.
One Person’s Impact “It’s crazy how much one person can impact you.” by Unknown, but it clearly represents how Jing Mei, the Narrator, and Harry’s identities are shaped to be the people that they become. In the short stories “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, “The Bass the River and Sheila Mant” by W.D Wetherell, and “Papa’s Parrot” by Cynthia Rylant, the protagonists learn about their identities in significant moments of their lives.
In the short story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, writes about a relationship between Jing-Mei and her mother, and how external conflict can be developed even through the discussion of success. Jing-Mei mother wants the best for her daughter; her mother states that America is a place for dreams to come true, basically the American Dream. Jing-Mei rejects and dislikes her mother opinions about becoming a prodigy of someone famous in life. Even though Jing-Mei mother already planned her future. Jing-Mei didn't see the big picture as well as her mother, she wanted something different.
Historically, women had been denied access to education and acquiring literacy, resulting in the inability to produce written texts. While this holds true for almost everywhere around the globe, the women in Jiangyong County in Hunan province in Southern China, developed a syllabic script to communicate with each other. While the Nüshu (女书) script shares some features of Chinese characters, a logographic script, the Nüshu script is phonetic and represents syllables of the local dialect, Southern Hananese Tuhua. This script is on the brink of extinction, with the last proficient writer dying in 2004. It is worth investigating the Nüshu script, because it is the only, to this date, documented script that was only intrinsic to women.
Amy Tan was born in United States in 1952, only a few years after her parents moved from China. Her mother, Daisy, is actually the most influential character to her daughter’s life. She left behind her three daughters in China after divorce, and became a nurse after being remarried to John, Amy’s father. Those three daughters that Daisy had left behind became the main motive for Amy to write ‘Joy Luck Club’, after all. The Tan family belonged to a small social community in United States, which was made by Asian immigrant families to share their American Dream among themselves.