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A Pair of Tickets by Amy Tan

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"A Pair of Tickets" by Amy Tan

In the story "A Pair of Tickets," by Amy Tan, a woman by the name of Jing-mei struggles with her identity as a Chinese female. Throughout her childhood, she "vigorously denied" (857) that she had any Chinese under her skin. Then her mother dies when Jing-Mei is in her 30's, and only three months after her father receives a letter from her twin daughters, Jing-Mei's half sisters. It is when Jing-mei hears her sisters are alive, that she and her dad take a trip overseas to meet her relatives and finally unites with her sisters. This story focuses on a woman's philosophical struggle to accept her true identity.

The protagonist of the story is Jing-mei. She is a flat character who turns out to be dynamic. Throughout her life, she has been very stubborn about accepting her identity. An example of this is when she explains, "I was 15 and had a vigorously denied that I had any Chinese whatsoever under my skin" (857). She shows her dynamic characteristic at the end of the story when she finally does accept her heritage.

The main conflict of this sto...

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... The story "A Pair of tickets" examines a woman who has grown up with American

influence all her life and struggles to accept her true identity. Through the story you can

see Jing-mei struggles with her identity for over 30 years, but it finally is resolved once

she is able to meet her twin sisters that have been missing from her life for over 30 years.

Works Cited

Tan, Amy. “A Pair of Tickets.” The Longman Anthology of Short Fiction. Compact

Edition. Ed. Dana Gioia and R.S. Gwynn. New York: Longman, 2001.

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