Amy Tan Essays

  • Amy Tan Foils

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    a short story by Amy Tan, explores the relationship between an immigrant mother and her first generation daughter. The mother, who has faith in the American dream, values the belief that to be happy, you have to be famous and change yourself; Ni Kan, the daughter, yearns for a personality of her own. Tan characterize these women as foils to each other. As a result of them being foils, they’re relationship is strained and they never have a close bond until Ni Kan grows older. Tan uses these characters

  • Amy Tan Research Paper

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    Amy Tan is a Chinese-American author who was born on February 19, 1952, in Oakland, California. In Tan’s early life she had many struggles because her parents desired for her “to hold onto Chinese traditions and her own longings to become more Americanized” (Encyclopedia). While she wanted to become a writer when she was still young, her parents wanted her to become a neurosurgeon. When she got older and went to college she majored in English then started her career in the 1970’s. She was a technical

  • Fish Cheeks By Amy Tan Essay

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    Novelist, Amy Tan, in her excerpt, Fish Cheeks, reminisces over a boy she had a crush on when she was fourteen. Tan 's purpose is to entertain and teach a lesson. She espouses a sentimental attitude in order to appeal to her adult readers. Tan draws her readers in by making a drastic contrast in the introductory paragraph stating, "He was not Chinese, but as white as Mary in the manger." Not only does she create a simile but the author also integrates an allusion when Tan mentions Mary, Jesus 's

  • Two Kinds By Amy Tan Analysis

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    "Two Kinds" Comprehension Questions 1A. The mother in "Two Kids" believed her daughter (Amy Tan) was a prodigy one because they were in America and she believed her daughter had great potential and could be anything she wanted. And two because "Auntie" Lindo has a daughter who is a chess prodigy, so she believes her daughter can also be a prodogy, but better. 1B. The mother in "Two Kinds" would set up tests to see where her daughter was a prodigy in. The tests consisted of knowing

  • Two Kinds By Amy Tan

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    In the story that being raised in a different culture can cause conflicts.In the story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan Is telling about how immigrated parents from other countries can have different perspectives than their kids. Tan is also showing how not having a good communication with your kid can make them disobedient. "Only two kinds of daughters," she shouted in Chinese. "Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind!” In that quote it is also showing you why she was pushing JIng-Mei so

  • Theme Of Two Kinds By Amy Tan

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    This is the classic story between parent and child in Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds.” The theme of this story revolves around a mother who wants nothing but the best for her daughter. Mrs. Woo, the mother of Jing-mei, is a struggling immigrant who had lost everything in China and believes in the American dream by stating, "My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America” (639). She puts Jing-mei into various activities to figure out what she could be good at. The universal theme

  • Summary Of Two Kinds By Amy Tan

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    Amy Tan, an American writer, wrote “Two Kinds” in 1989. The story is about a Chinese woman who moved to San Francisco in 1949 after losing everything in China. She lost her home, first husband, and twin baby girls. In “Two Kinds” there is a cultural issue between the mother and daughter. The mother grew up with a Chinese cultural background, while the daughter grew up with mostly an American cultural background.Amy Tan writes about the battle of cultures between a first-generation Chinese-American

  • Amy Tan Mother Tongue Summary

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    Reading Amy Tan 's "Mother Tongue", I came across the idea of language being "fractured and broken". In the essay, she provided examples of how her mother 's limited English caused her to be given poor service by staff at department stores, banks, and restaurants; she stated how they would consider her mother’s lack of depth in her thinking was caused by the "broken" or "limited" use of the English language. Conversely, she thinks that her mother 's English is "vivid, full of observation and imagery"

  • Rules Of The Game By Amy Tan Summary

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    Period 9 Mrs. White 28 January 2015 Mothers and Daughters In the first paragraph of Amy Tan’s short story “Rules of the Game,” the author introduces a six-year-old girl, who came from a Chinese heritage, growing up in America. Her mother raises her and teaches her how to act as a young Chinese girl. Waverly has always bit back her tongue when she disagrees with her mother and has ever since she was taught to do so (Tan). “Her relationship with her mother in the beginning of the story is good, but

  • A Rhetorical Analysis Of Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

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    “Amy Tan: Mother Tongue” In Amy Tan’s essay ¨Mother Tongue¨(1990), Amy Tan, a Chinese American Author, asserts that all languages are very significant. Ms. Tan explains her idea by praising her mother´s broken English, and sharing personal stories and conversation between her Mother and her husband The purpose of of praising the broken English is make her book easier to read and have the people who have mixed Englishes understand her life story. Her audience is the many people who speak broken English

  • Amy Tan Mother Tongue Analysis

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    someone you cared about ever been treated differently for not speaking correct English? Have you been insulted, looked down at, or even lied to? Well in Amy Tan’s story Mother Tongue her mother was looked down at for speaking “broken” English. For numerous occasions Amy had to speak for her mother because she couldn’t speak complete English and if Amy never spoke for her she would get treated differently. The theme of the story to me is that you should never be so quick to judge someone without knowing

  • Theme Of Two Kinds By Amy Tan

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    by Amy Tan is a well written short story about the conflicts of a Chinese immigrant mother and child, who clash due to their different definitions of living a fulfilled life. In the short story, a theme that has played out from paragraph to paragraph is the suppression of a person 's identity based on the expectations of society.  In the story, the author states that “We didn 't immediately pick the right kind of prodigy.  At first, my mother thought I could be a Chinese Shirley Temple” (Tan paragraph

  • The Bonesetter's Life And Tickets, By Amy Tan

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    Amy Tan is a Chinese American novelist, whose short stories portray the theme that it is not always easy to find the balance between culture, identity and heritage. This is seen through Amy Tan’s own life experiences and through The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Life and The Bonesetter’s Daughter. Many of the conflicts her characters experience transcend cultural differences and speak to the universal struggles of a wide and diverse audience (“Amy Tan”) The second of three children, Amy Ruth Tan

  • Mother Tongue Amy Tan Analysis

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    this essay is to respond or react to the story, “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan. From a bibliography perspective, Amy Tan is the daughter of immigrants fleeing China’ Cultural Revolution in the late 1940s (Hall & Emblem, 1996). The author of the story was born in Oakland, California in 1952. Amy Tan has a Chinese name, An-Mei, which is an illustration of the essence of being ‘blessing from America.’ In the development of her essay, Tan focuses on optimizing the platform to narrate her experience and reflect

  • Rhetorical Analysis Of Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

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    Mother Tongue was written by Amy Tan who is famous for her writings of her experiences as a Chinese immigrant growing up and living in American culture. Her primary purpose is to explain to the reader her interpretation of standard English and broken. In her essay Tan shares stories of her mother's broken English and her it affected her life and how people took advantage of her mother's broken English. Tan's intended audience are people who are unaware of people like her mother's limited English

  • Analysis Of Two Kinds By Amy Tan

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    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). For a nine-year-old who wants

  • Amy Tan Two Kinds Essay

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    In Amy Tans story “Two Kinds” The author argues that not everybody is the same, and some want to obey and some want to pursue something they more interested in instead of something somebody else want them to do. The story says “Those who are obedient and those who follow their own minds” (tan pg. 412). This paper will analyze Tan story from the viewpoints of the daughter who wanted to follow her own dream, become something better, and grow out her mother grip. The narrator of "Two

  • Analysis Of Two Kinds By Amy Tan

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    Mother Knows Best Often times in literature, character relationships change and evolve. “Two Kinds” written by Amy Tan, is a story about a daughter’s uncertain feelings toward her mother. Overtime, the mother-daughter relationship gets ruined when the daughter does not believe in her potential to be a child prodigy as strongly as her mother does. After an attentive analysis of the story, the reader is aware of how Jing-mei’s feelings toward her mother changes, why they did so, and how those changes

  • Amy Tan Two Kinds Cultural Analysis

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    attributes, and different facial features that set others apart. To a great extent, one’s culture informs the way they view others and the world. One example of how culture influences the perspectives of others is in the novel excerpt, “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan. On Page 23, Jing Mei’s mom becomes entranced by a young Chinese pianist on The Ed Sullivan Show, and immediately signs up Jing Mei for weekly piano classes. When Jing Mei finds out about these classes, her perspective on

  • Amy Tan The Most Hateful Words Summary

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    Hateful Words” by Amy Tan says that is very important to forgive and forget. She was sixteen-year-old girl. Like many teenagers she said things from her mouth, but not from her heart. She told her mother she hated her and wished she was dead. They had an argument and her mother said she should maybe die. Her mother would have tried to kill herself. Amy’s mother would torment her after their arguments. Amy felt unloved by her mother, because of her actions towards her. As time passed Amy would not forget