Essay about Two Kinds by Amy Tan

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Amy Tan makes her readers think about the meaning behind her story “Two Kinds”. She tells the story from her own point of view to state her experiences and how she is feeling all throughout the story. She does not state what is right or wrong based strict on her opinion. She does not give instruction about solving a family crisis, instead, she writes her story as a sort of diary expressing how she felt about her childhood events. Readers are offered an accounting of those events, as well as insight about how the author felt frustrated because she failed to meet her mother’s high expectations of her. This led to a strong argument between the narrator and her mother. The author gives her readers a chance to interpret for themselves what …show more content…
In her mother’s eyes, she never tried hard enough. The readers perceive a strong implication of the reason behind a future conflict between the author and her mother. Readers are able to understand the author’s frustrations from her point of view by looking at the story through the narrator’s eyes. The author tries to meet her mother’s expectations at first. She decides not to respond to her attempt of finding her prodigy after seeing her mother being disappointed with her poor performance at her piano recital (Tan, 391). There is a moment where she has a shouting match between her and her mother when she cries out “Why don’t you like me the way I am? (…)” and it is implied that she doesn’t feel that her mother likes her (Tan, 389). It very well could be that she has a very deep fear in her subconscious that her mother will not like her unless she is a child prodigy. Eventually, she rebels and starts to disobey her mother and stops following her instruction as a way to protest her endless list of expectations. However, it is obvious that she still cares very much about what her mother thinks of her. This becomes obvious when she reveals what devastated her at the piano recital was her mother’s expression, which was a “quiet, blank look that said she had lost everything.” (Tan, 391). This demonstrates how much her mother’s emotions can influence her despite her determination to not be changed

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