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Two Kinds

The theme, or main idea, of this excerpt from Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club is that parents and children have difficulties understanding one another. Parents want the best for their kids and...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019, 12:46 am (UTC)

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The short story “Two Kinds” explores the contentious relationship between a Chinese mother and her American-born daughter, Jing-mei. After losing two twin girls in war-torn China, the mother...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2021, 1:28 am (UTC)

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In "Two Kinds," "Pleading Child" and "Perfectly Contented" have a double meaning in the story because they represent the changing feelings of Jing-Mei towards her mother. When she is a young child,...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2017, 9:28 am (UTC)

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One of June's character traits in Tan's "Two Kinds" is that she is fundamentally trapped. June is trapped between the world of her Chinese ancestry and the American world around her. This...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2014, 8:57 pm (UTC)

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The main conflict in the story Two Kinds was the struggle between what the daughter wanted and what her mother wanted for her, based on the background and cultural differences between the two. The...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2015, 10:36 am (UTC)

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In "Two Kinds," the central conflict focuses on the issue of Jing-Mei becoming a child prodigy. On one hand, her mother believes in the American Dream, the idea that it is possible for a person to...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2017, 9:48 am (UTC)

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There are many literary elements in this short story. The following is a sampling of some various types: Allusion: Shirley Temple was a pop culture darling in the late 1930s. Her adorable curls and...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019, 3:44 am (UTC)

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In Amy Tan’s story “Two Kinds,” Jing-mei’s mother wants her daughter to live the American Dream. She believes America is the land of endless opportunities. Specifically, she wants her daughter to...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2016, 12:45 am (UTC)

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In "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan, the mother pushes her daughter to take piano lessons. She does this because she wants her daughter to be a famous musical prodigy. The mother has aspirations and dreams...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2011, 1:31 am (UTC)

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Jing-mei says that her mother believed "you could be anything you wanted to be in America." She especially believed that her daughter, Jing-mei, could be anything with a little hard work—once they...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019, 7:44 pm (UTC)

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The main character, Jing-mei, desires to please her parents and make them proud. However, the only hindrance is that whereas she wants her mother to accept her as she is, an average child without...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2015, 12:17 pm (UTC)

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In “Two Kinds,” the narrator Jing-mei’s character is dynamic, evolving as she goes through life. It is particularly interesting to view the evolution of Jing-mei’s characteristics in the context of...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2020, 10:23 am (UTC)

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Jing-mei is stubborn, frustrated, and intelligent. Jing-mei is stubborn because she tries hard to become a prodigy, even though she does not have any innate talents in the things her mother is...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2012, 8:13 pm (UTC)

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A good way to start your essay would be to identify the central cultural differences that are demonstrated between Jing Mei, born in America, and her mother, of a different generation and a...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2019, 4:00 pm (UTC)

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The title refers to Jing-Mei’s epiphany about mother-daughter relationships. Jing-mei remembers two different songs, when in fact they are part of the same song. The song is a metaphor for...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016, 5:36 am (UTC)

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Jing-mei is similar to her mother in that she wants to be successful, and she wants to get along with her mother. However, she is also different from her mother because she wants to make her own...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2012, 6:45 pm (UTC)

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The relationship between Jing-mei and her mother, Suyuan, becomes largely antagonistic as Suyuan continues to push Jing-mei to be a prodigy at something, anything. Feeling as though her mother does...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2018, 11:28 am (UTC)

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Jing-Mei’s mother wishes that she would be an obedient daughter. Jing-Mei and her mother do not always see eye to eye. Jing-Mei’s mother wants to be proud of her daughter, and she wants her to...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2016, 4:32 pm (UTC)

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The narrator refers to "the prodigy in [her]" as a child when she imagined all the possibilities for her fame-filled, glorious future, possibilities fed by her mother's urging and insistence. This...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2017, 7:11 pm (UTC)

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With "Two Kinds," there are several things going on. I have often felt when reading this story, that the inference was that as much as Jing-Mei felt totally disconnected from her mother when she...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2010, 12:10 pm (UTC)

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Amy Tan’s story “Two Kinds” has several levels of content. Primarily, it is a struggle between a mother and daughter. The mother believes that in America a person can be anything that he wants to...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2013, 1:43 am (UTC)

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Jing-mei, the narrator of this story, directly characterizes her mother as the story opens: She had come to San Francisco in 1949 after losing everything in China: her mother and father, her home,...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020, 5:26 pm (UTC)

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There are a couple of reasons why Jing-Mei's mother wants Jing-Mei to be a prodigy. First of all, Jing-Mei's mother came to the US to escape the hardships of her former life in China and to start...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2017, 6:30 am (UTC)

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Jing-mei is never actually described as being stubborn in “Two Kinds.” But then, she doesn’t need to be. Thanks to indirect characterization, we can infer Jing-mei’s stubbornness from what she says...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2020, 2:03 pm (UTC)

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The story's title refers to a statement Jing-mei's mother makes about the two kinds of daughters that exist in the world: those who are obedient and those who "follow their own mind." Jing-mei...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016, 7:58 pm (UTC)

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The ending of the story suggests that both of these pieces of music are symbolically related to our lives and the process of growing up, with the titles being very significant in terms of how we...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2011, 8:14 am (UTC)

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To a large extent, the relationship between Jing-Mei and her mother Suyuan is determined by what happened back in China in 1949. There, Suyuan was forced to leave behind her twin daughters, and...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020, 7:20 am (UTC)

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The conflict between Jing-Mei and her mother eventually resolves itself. Throughout the majority of the novel, Jing-Mei is in constant conflict with her mother, as a direct result of her mother's...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2014, 4:04 pm (UTC)

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When Jing-mei was a child, it did not take long for her to rebel against her mother's expectations of her. Suyuan, Jing-mei's mother, believed that Jing-mei could be a prodigy of some kind, of any...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2020, 12:19 am (UTC)

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Jing-Mei's performance in the talent show is disastrous in "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan. For a whole year Jing-Mei halfheartedly practices her piano skills under the tutelage of her deaf, myopic music...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2016, 6:13 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012, 2:33 pm (UTC)

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The conflict of "Two Kinds" revolves around Jing-mei's mother's attempt to make her into a "prodigy" and Jing-mei's struggle to be who she is. The action reaches a climax when, following an...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016, 9:11 pm (UTC)

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Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club presents the stories of four mother-daughter pairs. Each of the mothers was born and raised in China, while each of the daughters is brought up in San Francisco,...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020, 10:33 pm (UTC)

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“Two Kinds” is the story of Jing-mei, Americanized as June, a child of Chinese immigrants who struggles under her mother’s desire to make her a prodigy. Jing-mei’s mother wants her to be a prodigy...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2012, 8:57 pm (UTC)

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The story "Two Kinds" has various themes that run throughout, but the idea of a "Chinese Shirley Temple" reflects themes dealing with fame, fortune, materialism, and/or the American Dream. Readers...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2019, 5:51 pm (UTC)

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The two songs are different sides of June’s personality. She realizes that they are two halves of the same song later, as an adult. June’s mother arranges for her to have piano lessons so she can...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2012, 8:41 pm (UTC)

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Jing-mei's mother, Suyuan, is a strong, formidable woman who's overcome many obstacles in her life. Possessed with a steely will and determination, Suyuan refuses to let life get her down, despite...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020, 6:49 am (UTC)

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When we think of point of view and narration, there are three general types that are utilised in literature. The omniscient point of view is written in the third person, and is when the narrator...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011, 7:42 pm (UTC)

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The two main characters in "Two Kinds" are Jing-mei, and her mother, Suyuan. Suyuan wants her daughter to be a prodigy and pushes her from a young age to perform. Her reasons for having such high...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016, 5:16 pm (UTC)

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The piano represents the American Dream to the mother in "Two Kinds." The story begins, "My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America." She believes that with hard work, her...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2017, 1:18 am (UTC)

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Jing-mei and Suyuan are the two main characters in this story by Amy Tan. Jing-mei is the daughter of Suyuan, and the short story tells of how the two characters battled over the process of turning...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2018, 2:47 pm (UTC)

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After the narrator's mother and her piano teacher, Old Chong, decide to enter her in a talent show, she is instructed to begin work on a Schumann piece. But by her own description, she dawdled...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2018, 4:13 pm (UTC)

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I most sympathize with the mother, Suyuan, near the end of the story. As a parent, I understand the desire to see my children perform well. I understand the desire to see my kids pursue similar...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2015, 1:28 pm (UTC)

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At the end of “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, the piano becomes a very special and symbolic gift. The piano sits unused at Suyuan’s house for many years. On Jing Mei’s thirtieth birthday, her mother offers...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2016, 7:15 pm (UTC)

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In "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan, the narrator's mother is determined that her daughter become a noted prodigy in some—any—skill. She is forced to attempt to master random skills such as acting,...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019, 4:30 pm (UTC)

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Your thesis could explore any number of pieces of "Two Kinds." There isn't only a single correct thesis that can or should be written about the story. One thing to keep in mind is that a thesis...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2020, 2:41 am (UTC)

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Jing-mei’s mother wants her to continue playing the piano because if Jing-mei stops, she has won. Her mother wants an obedient daughter. She also has not given up on the idea that her daughter...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2012, 2:33 am (UTC)

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First of all, the pressure placed by the mother on her daughter in "Two Kinds" relates to the talents of her daughter. Specifically, the mother wants her daughter to become a prodigy in a number of...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2018, 9:28 am (UTC)

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The end of "Two Kinds" represents both the end of the conflict between Jing Mei and her mother that can be traced throughout this short story and Jing Mei's own self-acceptance of herself as an...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2009, 2:21 am (UTC)

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The imagery in these final paragraphs takes Jing-mei back to the central conflict of her childhood between herself and her mother. As she sees the "handwritten scales" and the "yellow tape" holding...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2021, 11:09 am (UTC)

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