Maybe she’s not the best, but she’s trying hard” (Tan, 388). What she is actually doing is defending herself and indirectly saying that she feels uncomfortable with her mother’s disregard for her own hard work. Understandably, she would much rather get her mother’s compliments rather than her constant criticisms. Instead, her mother responds with “Just like you” and “No... ... middle of paper ... ...re only about herself, but for her daughter’s future (Tan, 392). The author’s intention is to give clues of her further understanding throughout the story so that it will not be felt as simple complaints about her mother.
The secret to understanding is the will to try. Since the existence of society, people have always strived to try their best. However, some individuals don’t want “best.” Jing-mei, the protagonist in Amy Tan’s short story “Two Kinds,” is one of these people, believing that she could never amount to anything big. Jing-mei refused to hope that she could be anyone special, leading her to stubbornly reject her mother until she finally understood what her mother was trying to do, demonstrating how people will only be happy when they choose to do things on their own free will. When Jing-mei’s mother pushed her to become a prodigy, she refused to try because she believed that she could not, and as a result, became very stubborn.
Dedé primarily speaks of the good times and what made each sister so unique, but later in the story she gets caught in the bad times. She speaks of her regret in not following in her sisters’ footsteps by asking herself “Why? Why didn’t she go along with her sisters. She could have started a new life” but goes on to remind herself that she “had been ready to risk her life” but not her marriage (177). She also justifies this reasoning earlier by stating “we women followed our husbands… I followed my husband” however her regret for not following her sisters comes back as she questions her actions from decades ago.
Her future's ideas were come from her mom. Therefore, they were always upset when each other did something that weren't in their plan. To independent each other, I think they shouldn't interfere each other too much. For example, Frances's mother shouldn't decide what Frances going to be. To decided what she going to be is Frances's work.
In the story Two Kinds by Amy Tan, Jing Mei’s mother’s obsession with making Jing Mei a prodigy is the cause of destruction in their relationship but, once Jing Mei begins to understand her mother’s reasoning, the enabler for their reconciliation. For instance, Jing Mei struggles with trying to play the role of the... ... middle of paper ... ... she also believes Emily turned out well, because she is not helpless and she can find her way. Emily’s mother realizes she has no control over the circumstances, now only the ability to respond to them and to learn from the experiences. This allows a reconciling process to occur within her, because although she was not able to raise Emily like she wanted to, she did the best she could under the circumstances. Works Cited Schilb, John.
In the beginning, both the narrator and her mother had a delightful time spending time together, trying to figure out the narrator’s talent. Although the narrator soon began to dislike all the test and activities her mother would put her through. After failing each of the tests she was given she would see the disappointment on her mother’s face and “something inside me began to die” (Tan, 96). While the narrator refused her mother by saying that she was not a genius her mother replied by saying “who ask you to be genius? Only ask you be your best.
Then when she started having all the yelling from her mom when she did not do something right she was not feeling the fun. Everything was not all happy when it came down to her being perfect liked her mom wanted her to be. Well one day Jing- mei did not want to go practice the piano and her mom did not like the word no! So Jing- mei got really upset and her mom tells her “ too late to change this” (Tan 231). Jing- mei decided that she was not going to do what her mother wanted her to do.
Entered in the role of a mother Akiko longs to escape out of the role as seen as her constant rejection of her daughter. Akiko though cannot leave the role of a mother to become her own person once more due to the Confucius influences that govern her life. Her longing to become her own person becomes apparent later in the story when she becomes jealous of the attention that her daughter receives rather than herself. At this point in the story, it becomes apparent as to why Akiko has contempt for Hatsuko. She feels that Hatsuko is stealing away her youth and her own unique traits that make up who she is.
Her mother frequently tries to compliment her children yet all that they do is run away, leave to go to another room. It is as if they can not be bothered by their own mother's words, the pride that she has for them. Instead of reveling in her words and love, they want to hide, to protect themselves from her words, from having to deal with her. What must it have been like for Kingston to have to write this about herself, to realize the ways in which her words and actions have distanced herself from her mother? But then Kingston's own words continue to make the mother seem like the outsider, the one who was different from everyone else, making her mother appear again as the one who is the ghost.
In the first chapter of The Woman Warrior we open up to Maxine first beginning to grasp her own personal moral framework. Disappointingly, this “reverse ancestor worship” whitewashes stories like the one Brave Orchid shares with her daughter because Maxine now cannot reflect back on what has been shared with her. Brave Orchid’s tradition seems to be rooted in “trying to confuse their offspring… [who are] always trying to name the unspeakable”, and so Maxine (and the reader) are left to develop personal ideas about what this story should represent. And although Brave Orchid wants her child to never disrespect her family, she seems to fail to help her offspring catch a grasp of right and wrong after sharing the menacing