Jing Mei believes that she can be successful through her own efforts and determination. When Jing Mei begins to understand the forces of her mother that drive her to belong to Chinese culture, she develops her own identity to be Americanized and personal insight apart from her mother. In the short story “Two Kinds,” Tan describes Mrs. Woo’s and Jing Mei’s thoughts and attitudes which are affected by the different cultures and communities where they were born and live. However, in this story, Mrs. Woo’s Chinese culture tends to make her children become obedient children rather than to let her children follow their own minds.
The short story is about a Chinese immigrant family who moves to America. The mother of the family is the protagonist and she is trying to give her daughter the best life as possible. After about 11 years in America, it is hard for her to see her daughter Pearl, live a life like an American. Therefore, she struggles with the decision of taking Pearl out of dancing school, so she can get a proper education.
These two sisters have grown together all through their life’s, creating a strong bound, and the fact that her family and a “old guy” is taking away her sister is something she can’t stand. In the end Nea believes that she is saving Sourdi from Mr.Chhay and her mother. However what Nea does not understand in all her youth and idealism , is that sourdi does not want to be saved: She willfully accepts her fate and her marriage to Mr.Chhay because she finds financial stability and a secure future.
In the dystopian genre, the role women play in these stories vary greatly from strong heroines to submissive housewives. In the novel titled The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, the women are portrayed far more like the latter throughout the story. This is a constantly repeated theme displaying to the reader that in this society, the women are expected to always be supportive and in constant servitude of their husband; the women who stray away from these preset quotas of how they must act are ridiculed; and a woman’s main purpose that defines her worth is her ability to produce normal, healthy children.. In Waknuk,the women are expected to act as one dimensional stereotypes. The women of Waknuk are expected to always stay supportive and
Hester Prynne, The Scarlet Letter’s protagonist, is a strong, kind, and proud yet humble woman. Through all of the struggles in her difficult lifetime, she persevered and did her best to make up for her sins. Hester raised her illegitimate child to be a wonderful, upstanding person without the help of her male counterpart. She taught Pearl the difference between right and wrong. Hester used her sin as a lesson to her daughter to learn from your mistakes, but not to let them define who you are.
As one can see, many mothers in today 's society would not be nearly as picky and constructive as the mother within "Girl" written by Jamaica Kincaid. Young girls almost always look up first to their mother for guidance and instruction on how to be a woman. Although the advice used in this story was used to help the young girl, it was also used to scold her as well. The mother 's strong belief in a woman having domestic knowledge is what drives her to preach the life lessons of a good woman to her daughter. It is through these lessons that she hopes for her daughter to be respected within her own home and by her community as well.
“-my precious little treasure?”(Chinese Cinderella page 2). Aunt Baba called Adeline a precious little treasure to make her feel notable. Aunt Baba and Adeline lived in the same room and became very close. After a while of the two bonding Aunt Baba sort of took on the role as a mother for Adeline. Adeline never would 've experienced a motherly role if it weren 't for Aunt
In the story “ Two Kinds” Amy Tan presents the theme ¨Be grateful for what you have when you have it because nothing is forever¨ through the main characters Ni kan and her mother and also through foreshadowing. Tan takes you through a story of a girl and her mother as they both individually learn a good life lesson. Ni kan is the main character who strongly helps develop the theme ¨Be grateful for what you have when you have it because nothing is forever.¨ Ni kan is forced to be this “prodigy” child, this perfect being, that her mother pushes her to be. She tried to be what seems like nearly everything starting at a Chinese Shirley Temple to a Piano Player. Ni kan’s mother pushed her hard.
like in life, characters have different feelings and this comes from all types of different cultures. Due to this, one’s feelings may change from time to time. An example of this exist in the short story, “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan. This piece of literature is about the main character Jing-mei, who is being over encouraged to be a prodigy by her mother. After completing this amazing narrative, the reader notices how the built up tension between Jing-mei and her mother affected their entire relationship.
Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club is an amazing representation of what Chinese immigrants and their families face. The broad spectrum of the mothers’ and daughters’ stories all connect back to a couple of constantly recurring patterns. These patterns are used to show that how the mothers and daughters were so differently raised affected their relationships with each other, for better and for worse. To begin with, the ever-present pattern of disconnect between the two groups of women is used to show how drastically differently they were raised.
America. This was a magical name on the eastern coast of the province of Fujian, where both of my parents were born. My parents grew up during the Cultural Revolution, a movement initiated by Mao Zedong’s belief that his Communist Party was shunting him aside and propelling the country in the wrong, inegalitarian direction. Mao attempted to reassert his authority over the Chinese masses by enforcing his ideology. He mobilized the Red Guards, paramilitary groups of students, to destroy the Four Olds—old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits.
The unique bond that exists between a mother and her child is practically unbreakable. A mother’s love is unselfish, unconditional, and knows no boundaries. Without the love and support of a mother, a child is like a ship lost at sea. The only way one can possibly repay their mother for all they have done is by giving her the same relentless love and affection that she have always given. In “The Lanyard”, Billy Collins implements juxtaposition, humorous comparisons, and metaphors to refrain the poet's message of love from lapsing into a cliché about parental love and convey the theme of a mother’s love.