Alice Zhang 1/8/15 “Two Kinds”, a chapter in Amy Tan’s book, Joy Luck Club explores the strained relationship between mother and daughter. While her mother has already been through an arduous journey, she and Jing-Mei embark on a different one. The central idea for this chapter revolves around the difference in culture and experience between Jing-Mei and her mother that causes Jing-Mei to struggle with her identity and eventually escalated to her fighting against her mother. Like most immigrants, Mrs. Woo believes in the promise of America: with hard work and some luck, you can become anything. She believes in America, Jing-Mei will not have to experience some of the terror, losses and difficulties of settling into a new culture as she had did. However, Mrs. Woo wants to assure Jing-Mei’s success as she and her daughter set out to find a talent that she would succeed in. At first, Jing-Mei believed her mother and was “onboard” with the idea as she mentioned, “ The prodigy in me became impatient.” (143) When Jing-Mei is unable to succeed in any field she tries and experiences pressure from her mother, she decides that her mother is robbing her of her identity and unable to accept her for who she is. Later, when her mother sets her eyes on Jing-Mei becoming a piano virtuoso, Jing-Mei tries to thwart her efforts. She does this by taking advantage of her deaf music teacher, Mr. Chong, whose eyes are too weak to follow what she is playing. When Jing-Mei participates in a talent show, despite neglecting practice, she suddenly believes that she has accomplished the American dream, as she thought “without a doubt, that the prodigy side of me really did exist.” (150) But she realizes that she isn’t after playing the piece incorrectly, hearing a weak applause and seeing her parents’ disappointed faces. Giving up on the American dream after that incident, Jing-Mei still latches on to the “tremendous burden” of the piano. Mrs. Woo, however, after all these years believed that Jing-Mei just didn’t work hard enough to reach the American dream and only after her death does Jing-Mei realize what her mother really wanted for her. Because they were separated by many factors such as age, experience, ambition and culture, they found it hard to connect to each other. This central idea of cultural difference is expressed in the diction that Amy Tan uses. Amy Tan allows readers to experience a type of English that is fragmented and grammatically incorrect. For example, Mrs. Woo criticizes a young piano player stating “’Play note right, but doesn’t sound good! No singing sound.’” (145). She also transitions from Chinese and English stating a few things in Chinese such as “Ni kan” (you look) and switching back. Jing-Mei, on the other hand speaks grammatically correct English. This sets the atmosphere of Jing-Mei’s experience growing up in a bilingual household. Within her struggle with her mother, she struggles with herself. She isn’t sure what culture she really belongs to, and tries to figure who she really is by rejecting her mother. This also causes her to reject her hereditary and identity because
Expectations in general can sometimes be helpful, and and sometimes not helpful.
In “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, and “Dreaming Of Heroes” by H.G. Bissinger there is a focus on
expectations. In both stories expectations were based on what the parents wanted from their
children. Family expectations can be challenging at times, but they can also have both
positive and negative effects on young children
In “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan family expectations cause a great deal of stress between
JingMei and her mother…
Poem Comparison Essay
April 17, 2014
The poems “Her Kind” by Anne Sexton, and “I am Vertical” by Sylvia Plath contain numerous
differences like structure, tone and rhythm. After breaking down both readings, these poems contain
common themes; individual identity, society, isolation, and death are themes portrayed in both poems.
The differences of the symbolism of these common themes help visualize a difference between the
importance of accepting yourself and being…
* occur apart from and lead up to the climax (advance the plot)
* “unknotting” of the plot
* many occur as part of the Falling Action
* some stories do not have a denouement
* various kinds of ending (i.e. happy, unhappy, undetermined)
Flashback : the story shifts from the past to the present either to explain a character’s action or to explain some important point in the story
In Medias Res : when the narrator begins the story…
from the perspective of execution (actually writing the
paper) in order to provide writers and their tutors with systematic means of completing an essay.
I. What is the relation of an outline to the written theme?
A. The first important connection between the outline and the written theme is how the
thesis is written. It might happen that, after you have decided on a thesis, the outline
forces you to rewrite it, because the outline revealed some problem you hadn't expected
(such as a lack of…
the theme of the dance. Both the dances also expressed a lot of emotion as well.
In Love and Air, I felt that the beginning was supposed to show how in love the couples were, specially the couple that was dressed in red. In the beginning the two dancers in red danced together, as if they were one person fusing together. The female was supported by the male and they danced in a contemporary ballet style dance in the beginning of the performance. In addition to the two dancers in red, two other…
as personification, diction, tone, symbolism, simile, imagery, body language, metaphor, and
theme are used throughout these two poems. Comparison between these two poems, written by
Dickinson and Frost will be shown seeing as both themes revolve around death.
In “Because I Could Not Stop For Death”, Dickinson appears Death as a pleasant and
accepting carrier driver. Emily uses personification to personify Death as a kind carrier driver. In
evidence, line 2: " He kindly stopped for me ", Dickinson personifies Death as a "He" at the…
The Sociological Imagination: Insights, Themes and Skills .................... 6
AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY:
ITS PROMISE AND POWER
By the end of this unit you should be able to:
explain the differences between common sense and sociology
identify and describe the four dimensions of the sociological imagination
describe some key features of the three course themes
identify and outline the two main processes involved in sociological
Quadriology of movies. The are several themes used throughout the movie series. For this paper I will be discussing one of those themes. A theme is an idea, subject, or topic of some kind that pervades the plot. It is not so much what "happens," but rather what the movie is "about," part of the meaning you are expected to take away from the work, (Goodykoontz & Jacobs 2011). A film can often times have more than one theme, and this is used in the Aliens films. Several themes are used throughout each movie…
From the early American Colonial era to the Revolutionary era, the dominant literary theme changed gradually from religion to science. In the early Colonial American period, Puritans were a group of people who wrote letters, poetry and autobiographies. Later in America came the Revolutionary period when writers left behind the puritan literacy. They would no longer write about religious themes. By this period people were fascinated with science. Benjamin Franklin referred to science as natural…
Brown is a story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The narration takes place in the 17th century Puritan region of New England. According to the author, there was a lot of hypocrisy existing in the culture and the reason the author decided to expose this kind of hypocrisy. Using what the reader can call a symbolic approach, the short story follows the journey of Goodman Brown through the forest and his eventual loss of trust and faith in the society.
The issue of perspective is primary in these works…