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
Importance of First-person Narrators
The importance of first-person narrator is to give the reader a better perspective of the story. First-person narrators give the reader a better understanding of the plot and setting. They also set the tone and theme of the piece. First-person narrators influence the description other characters of the story, which give us a one-sided idea of the personality of the other characters. The stories of Tan, Baldwin, and Capote shows the importance of having a first-person…
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…
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…
throughout the book. The book is based on two main plots the trial for a black man named Tom Robinson accused of rape and a mysterious man named Arthur Radley who had been locked in his house for well over twenty years. Atticus gets a lot of hate from the community in Maycomb because he is defending a colored person. Harper Lee uses characterization in the book to show the theme of people are kind and evil.
Mr. Underwood is a perfect example of this theme because of the part of the book where Atticus…
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…
Always be kind. It's really all that matters, because it makes people feel good about them self's and others. In the short story "Thank you Ma'am" by Langston Hughes, and the short story "Brother can you spare a dream" by Jackie French Kollar. Both stories have moment of showing the theme "Be Kind to everyone". In "Thank you ma'am ", Mrs. J was really nice to a boy even though the boy stole from her, and in "Brother can you spare a dream" Sam was also really nice to a man named mac even though mac…
* 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…
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…