What is the symbolism of the song “Pleading Child" in "Two Kinds"?

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“Pleading Child” is symbolic of Jing-mei’s conflict with her mother.  She does not realize until later that she could have been happy if she had communicated with her mother better.

The song Jing-mei has to play at the concert is called “Pleading Child” but the second half is “Perfectly Contended.”  When Jing-mei returns to look at the song later in life, she realizes that they...

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