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In Tan's "Two Kinds," identify specific character traits of Jing- Mei.

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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What is the theme, or central idea, of "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan?

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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What are the symbols and conflict of "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan?

The story “Two Kinds” is from the book The Joy Luck Club. As with most stories, it focuses on the relationships between mothers and daughters. Conflicts can be divided into two categories:...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2011 10:12 am UTC

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What Does The Title "two Kinds" Mean? What Are There Two Kinds Of? What Do Those Two Kinds Have To Do With The Piano...

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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What Is The Central Conflict In The Story "two Kinds" By Amy Tan?

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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What does Jing-Mei's mother want for her daughter?

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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What Is The Central Conflict In The Story "two Kinds" By Amy Tan?

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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How are the mother and daughter from "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan the same and how are they different?

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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Describe How Jing-mei's Character Traits Change Or Stay The Same Throughout The Story. What Are Her Motivations? What...

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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What happens when the narrator, Jing-Mei, performs at the talent show?

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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In "Two Kinds", Jing-mei’s mother said there are two kinds of daughters. What is the kind of daughter her mother wants?

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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What literary elements are used in "Two Kinds"?

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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Describe the relationship between Jing-Mei and her mother in "Two Kinds."

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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What is the setting of Amy Tan's "Two Kinds"?

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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How does the daughter change over the course of the story "Two Kinds"?

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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What are two characteristics of Jing-mei in "Two Kinds"?

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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What happens to the piano at the end of "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan?

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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How does the mother arrange for her daughter to play piano lessons?  

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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What is the point of view in the short story "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan?

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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What is the main conflict in "Two Kinds"?

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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What does the piano represent in "Two Kinds"?

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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In "Two Kinds" what is a good example of a direct characterization and an indirect characterization?

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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In what ways does the mother pressure her daughter to change?

In the story, one of the ways the mother pressures her daughter, Jing Mei, to change is by requiring her to watch old Shirley Temple movies as if they are "training films." Jing Mei's mother even...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2016 6:31 pm UTC

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What are some adjectives you can use to describe Jing mei, her mother, and Mr. Chong in "Two Kinds"?

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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How does the writer use indirect characterization to develop the conflict between mother and daughter in "Two Kinds"?

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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What was Jing-Mei's mother's motivation for pushing her to become a prodigy in "Two Kinds"?

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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Explain the significance of the title of the story "Two Kinds," by Amy Tan.

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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In "Two Kinds,"  Jing-Mei is at the piano and sees two pieces of music: on the right, "Perfectly Contented," and on...

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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How is the conflict between the mother and daughter settled in "Two Kinds?"

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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What happens at the end of the story "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan?

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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In "Two Kinds," what is the meaning of the second piece of music at the end?

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

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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What does the mother say is her reason for pushing her daughter to take piano lessons and do you think the mother is...

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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What is the plot of the story "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan?

“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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Describe the relationship between Jing-mei and her mother in "Two Kinds." Why does Jing mei resist her mother's...

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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Write a 250-word essay in which you describe how Chinese and American cultures, cultural values, and historical...

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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Discuss the story and the lesson in "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan?

In “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, the mother believes that a person can become whatever she chooses in America. Jing-Mei and her mother’s relationship are often difficult. The mother expects more from...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2012 4:48 am UTC

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What is the metaphor in "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan?

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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Who were the two main characters in "Two Kinds"?

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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What does Jing-mei discover about herself in paragraph 15?

"Two Kinds" is a short story excerpted from Amy Tan's novel, The Joy Luck Club, which contains sixteen interrelated stories about four immigrant Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters....

Latest answer posted October 30, 2020 6:58 pm UTC

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In "Two Kinds," what is Jing-Mei's mother's personality like?

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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Tell how the image of “Chinese Shirley Temple” indicates the themes of the story.

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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How does the daughter change over the course of the story?

In “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan Jing-Mei grows from an obedient child into an independent young woman. As a young girl she shares her mother’s enthusiasm for the American dream. When her mother explains...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2016 8:15 pm UTC

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What are the characters' motives in the story "Two Kinds?"

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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Two Kinds By Amy Tan Theme

"Two Kinds" focuses on the mother/daughter dynamic. Because Jing Mei's mother lived an extremely difficult life in China, she pressures Jing Mei to excel in America where it is much easier for a...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2009 10:58 am UTC

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Please describe Jing-mei's mother's character in "Two Kinds."

"Two Kinds" is a first-person narrative in which Jing-mei tells the story. It is important to remember that we are reading the child's description of her mother, rather than that of an omniscient...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020 6:06 am UTC

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How does point of view impact the plot of the story "Two Kinds"?  Give an example.

The story “Two Kinds” is from the daughter’s point of view. If it was from the mother’s point of view, it would be quite different. First of all, if “Two Kinds” was from the mother’s point of...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2012 7:17 pm UTC

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In "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan, what is the essay thesis statement of the story?

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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What does the title "Two Kinds" mean? What are there two kinds of? What do those two kinds have to do with the piano...

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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What does Jing-mei want for herself in the story "Two Kinds"? Jing-mei is constantly being asked things of her by her...

What Jing-mei wants for herself in Amy Tan’s short story “Two Kinds” is explicitly stated in these lines she recounts early on: And then I saw what seemed to be the prodigy side of me—a face I had...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 11:37 am UTC

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