Laura From The Garden Party And The Narrator In Amy Tan's Two Kinds

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Laura from "The Garden Party" and the Narrator in Amy Tan's "Two Kinds" come from different societal rankings/backgrounds, both daughters express their independent ideas from their mothers, which helps lead them to discover their own view of what the good life truly is. Laura and the Narrator in “Two Kinds” both develop their own strong beliefs that are contrary to those that their family has. Laura strays from the thinking of her family a little when she discovers that there has been a death near her home. She finds it absurd that her family wishes to continue having a party and she thinks about “what the band would sound like to that poor woman” (Mansfield, 109). While going against her mother and sister, who find it unrealistic to stop a…show more content…
Although, as time went on, the narrator soon became tired of her mother’s wishes and began to go against her. The narrator asked her mother “Why don’t you like me the way I am?” (Tan, 97) when her mother asked her to play the piano. The narrator so strongly refused the wishes of her mother that she spent a year playing the piano incorrectly, despite admitting to herself that she “might have become a good pianist at a young age (Tan, 98). As the narrator refused to play the piano with her whole being, her mother would force her to play always reminding her that it was “Four clock” (Tan, 100). The narrator felt as if she disappointed her mother many times with the way she choose to live her life. To the narrator, a good life was not being talented or following what her mother asked her to do. The narrator believed that a good life was doing what she independently wanted to do without having to follow the expectations of her mother. Both the narrator of “Two Kinds” and Laura had to strongly go against the beliefs and ideas of their mothers, although because they were so young and had little power in their family, both Laura and the narrator had to follow what they were told. Although both Laura and the narrator shared an alternating belief system, they didn’t share a similar social status with each…show more content…
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. For you sake” (Tan, 97). The narrator’s mother worked hard for her daughter giving her options to grow and succeed in life, but the narrator felt as if she was going to be created into something she was not. Despite the time that passed the narrator still believed that she wasn’t talented enough but the mother knew that her daughter had “natural talent. You could be genius if you want to. You just not trying” (Tan, 102). The narrator was her own biggest enemy and her mother was her biggest support, which made their views so different from one another. The narrator had a mother that loved and encouraged her to be the best that she could be. She was able to live a good life, but wasn’t able to appreciate the good life that she had because she was focused on what
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