How is the mother-daughter conflict resolved in "Two Kinds"?

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Jing Mei is a piano prodigy in the book "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan. She is a mother of two, and she is still married to her husband. Jing Mei was pressured by her mother to be a star on par with Shirley Temple. When Jing Mei was practicing piano, she felt that it was unfair because her mother never valued her opinions or feelings. She became very angry and told her mother that she hated the piano. Her mother then tells her that if she hated it so much, why didn't Jing Mei give up? Jing Mei replied that it would be like giving up on herself; which made sense because Jing Mei loves to play the piano. Jing Meis'

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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 high expectations. Jing-Mei's mother has her (Jing-Mei's) life all planned out for her and pushes her relentlessly. Unfortunately, this leaves Jing-Mei feeling not...

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only inadequate but rebellious as well. Over time, Jing-Mei's mother comes to accept her daughter for who she is, rather than who she wants her to be. The gift of the piano proves this acceptance, and also gives Jing-Mei a sense of pride in herself. 

"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."

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The conflict between mother and daughter, in "Two Kinds," is somewhat resolved when the mother gives the daughter the piano on her thirtieth birthday. The daughter notes, "I had not played in all those years. I saw the offer as a sign of forgiveness, a tremendous burden removed." 

However, the mother still sticks to her belief that her daughter (Jing-mei) had/has talent and simply didn't apply herself. The mother still insists that had Jing-mei been an obedient daughter, she would have become a prodigy. Although Jing-mei did not accept the piano at first, she felt that the gesture was enough to settle the matter. "And after that, every time 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 I had won back." 

For the mother, the matter was resolved but she stuck with her belief that Jing-mei could have been more obedient and thereby made her (the mother's) dreams come true by living vicariously through her daughter. For Jing-mei, the conflict was resolved when she accepted that she could be obedient at times but must rebel against her mother at other times. Thus, Jing-mei asserts her individuality by being "two kinds" - obedient, but primarily individual. This is summed up nicely when she begins to play both sides ('two kinds') of the piece she had played as a child - "Pleading Child" and "Perfectly Contented." She ends with ". . . I realized they were two halves of the same song." 

Jing-mei is faced with her mother's culture of obedience and her new American culture of individuality. This conflict underscores the mother-daughter conflict and is the subject of two kinds of identity. Jing-mei was in the process starting as "Pleading Child" and resolving the conflict to hopefully become "Perfectly Contented." 

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What is the conflict between the mother and narrator in "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan?

The conflict between Jing Mei and her mother stems from the latter's need to turn her daughter into a prodigy of sorts.

As the text tells us, Jing Mei's mother is focused on her mission to make Jing Mei a piano prodigy. This becomes a point of conflict between the two. While Jing Mei's mother thinks making her daughter into a star (on par with Shirley Temple) is the right thing to do, Jing Mei isn't so sure. She feels pressured by her mother and resents the need to put on an obedient front before relatives and the larger Chinese-American community.

Jing Mei just wants to be herself and be allowed to choose her own path in life. Thus, her mother's simultaneous need to keep up the family's reputation and to compel unquestioning obedience is seen as oppressing to her. In the end, Jing Mei rebels by playing horribly in a piano recital; in the aftermath of the disastrous performance, Jing Mei engages in an emotionally charged argument with her mother. She accuses her mother of not accepting her and expecting her to be something she's not.

Jing Mei's final words during the argument decide the result of the conflict, but it proves to be an unsatisfying victory. By cruelly referencing her mother's dead babies from her first marriage, Jing Mei manages to hurt her mother as well as to dispirit her. She reports the piano lessons stopped soon after, and she stopped playing the piano entirely. It is years before Jing Mei realizes the faith her mother had in her in that conflict-ridden period of her youth.

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In "Two Kinds," how is the conflict between mother and daughter settled?

In Amy Tan's "Two Kinds," a mother and daughter disagree about the child's ability to excel to the height of a prodigy: the mother believes anything is possible with hard work; her daughter believes she is not capable of greatness—the only thing she is able to do is simply be herself.

Suyuan (the mother) was born in China. In her mind, America is a land of great opportunity and endless possibilities. It is a place of hopes and dreams. She decides that her daughter, June, can become excellent at something; she tries to teach her geography, mathematics, to entertain (like Shirley Temple), and eventually begins her training in music...specifically, playing the piano just like a little Chinese girl on the Ed Sullivan Show:

When my mother told me this, I felt as though I had been sent to hell...

"Why don't you like me the way I am?" I cried. "I'm not a genius!"

My mother slapped me. "Who ask you to be genius?" she shouted. "Only ask you be your best. For you sake..."

Suyuan hires a piano teacher for June, who attends lessons but soon realizes that Old Chong is almost as blind as he is deaf. She can play anything and he will neither hear the wrong notes nor see the mistakes her fingers make. This continues for a year as June meets weekly with her teacher but does not improve. 

Soon after hearing her mother brag to her aunt about June's natural gift of music, June figures it is time to deal a blow to her mother's pride, unaware that she will also feel the effects of that blow. A community talent show is organized at which June will play. All of her mother's friends and neighbors will attend. June still does not pay much attention to her music but daydreams instead. In fact, the only thing she practices is her curtsy to the applause she believes she will receive.

When the day of reckoning arrives, June's performance is miserable and her mother is mortified. 

I felt the shame of my mother and father as they sat stiffly through the rest of the show. [...] [M]y mother's expression was what devastated me: a quiet, blank look that said she had lost everything.

After this disaster, June believes she will be released from the piano lessons, but her mother has no such plan. They have a terrible argument: June rationalizes that she is not a slave and does not live in China. She tells her mother she will not play.

"You want me to be something that I'm not!" I sobbed. "I'll never be the kind of daughter you want me to be!"

"Only two kinds of daughters," she shouted in Chinese. "Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind!"

Heartlessly, June brings into the argument her mother's twin babies that were lost in China, and June wishes she were dead like them! Suyuan loses her will to fight with her daughter any longer. Seemingly, June wins the battle and she never takes lessons again. Mother and daughter never even speak of it.

The years pass and June believes she is a constant source of disappointment to her mother.

Unlike my mother, I did not believe I could be anything I wanted to be, I could only be me. 

On her thirtieth birthday, June's mother offers her the piano, and June will take it but not until after her mother's death.

The conflict is never quite settled: mother and daughter enter a stalemate. However, when Suyuan offers the piano to her, June feels some sense of forgiveness in her mother's gesture. Ironically, the anger in the battles associated with the instrument have faded, and June finds that the piano and the old sheet music have great meaning for her. Her mother's gesture, as well as the memories surrounding her music, provide June with a deeper understanding of the dream her mother had for her—simply to be her best.

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In "Two Kinds," how is the conflict between mother and daughter settled?

The conflict is settled by Jing-mei's stunning rebuke of her mother. Essentially, Jing-mei stuns her mother into humiliated silence through a mean-spirited allusion to her supposed maternal failures.

The text tells us that Jing-mei feels pressured by her mother's constant demands to demonstrate prodigy behavior of some sort. Basically, Jing-mei is frustrated by her mother's continued rejection of her emerging individuality. She sees the piano as a symbol of her mother's ambitions.

By reminding her mother of the babies she left behind in China, Jing-mei may be suggesting her mother has failed in her maternal duties. In Jing-mei's mind, her mother neglected to secure her daughters' futures in China. Therefore, she has little right to dictate the trajectory of Jing-mei's life.

Of course, Jing-mei's perspective is skewed by her youthful resentment. Yet Jing-mei knows her words referencing her "lost" half sisters will be effective in getting her mother to back off from her demands. Jing-mei's loud proclamation that she would rather be dead (like her half sisters) is an attack on her mother's maternal abilities.

So, the conflict between mother and daughter is settled by Jing-mei's challenging comments, which call into question her mother's integrity, motivations, and maternal authority.

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In "Two Kinds," how is the conflict between mother and daughter settled?

The conflict over piano lessons is really not settled but it does come to an end when Jing-mei tells her mother that she wishes she had been one of the babies her mother abandoned long ago in China. Hurt and angry, the mother stops the piano lessons. However, when Jing-mei is about 30, her mother offers to give her the piano. The daughter sees this as a kind of peace offering but still isn't sure what motivated her mother to give her something she obviously hated.

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What is the conflict between the girl and her mother in Two Kinds?

In "Two Kinds," the conflict arises in a Chinese American family when a strong-willed mother bent on seeing her child succeed is confronted by an equally determined daughter who simply wants to be herself.  As her mother pushes her to be a prodigy, Jing-mei is motivated to please her mother, but becomes demoralized and angry after several failures.  When her mother signs her up for piano lessons, Jing-mei gives the appearance of going along with her mother's wishes.  However, she privately resists, and her performance at a local talent show is an embarrassing disaster.  At the climax her mother demands that she practice more, and Jing-mei rebels, lashing out cruelly.  Jing-mei clings to the right to fail and be unexceptional until, at the age of thirty, she gratefully accepts the family piano from her mother as a peace offering.

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