In "Two Kinds," how is the conflict resolved?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The conflict that rages throughout this short story between Jing-Mei and her mother does find resolution towards the end, which is when Jing-Mei's mother offers her daughter the piano. This interestingly comes after Jing-Mei reports how over the years she persistently fails her mother by not meeting up to her high expectations of her. What signifies that this symbolises a resolution is the way that Jing-Mei describes the piano as she looks at it in the following quote:

And after that, everytime I saw it in my parents' living room, standing in front of the bay window, it made me feel proud, as if it were a shiny trophy that I had won back.

The description of the piano as being a "shiny trophy" that Jing-Mei had won back herself through her own efforts shows us that finally her mother has been forced to accept Jing-Mei for who she is rather than who she isn't, and that their conflict has resolved itself. After so many years of trying to be a person who she wasn't, Jing-Mei's determination to only be herself and live the kind of life she wants to live have forced her mother to realise that Jing-Mei can only ever be the person that she is rather than the person she would want her to be.

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cindy0617 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Jing Meis mom wants her to be a prodigy ,  but she only wants to be herself . once she does terrible at the recital that's when she starts to have even more problems with her. she turn out to be a horrible child . she dissappoints her mom in evry single way.

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