Mother Daughter Relationship Essay

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Mother Daughter Relationships: “Everyday Use” and “Two Kinds”
Based on the mother daughter relationships in the two short stories, the moms and the daughters have a different perspective of what their heritage is, how they should live their lives, and what should influence them. “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan expresses the conflict between a Chinese mother and daughter. “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker discusses the differences in opinion between a mother who followed her culture and her daughter that went to live a different life. In both stories the moms and the daughters see life differently, but at the end of the story there is a peace between the daughters and their mothers.
The moms and daughter from “Every Day Use” and “Two Kinds” view their
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The Mom in “Two Kinds” wanted her daughter to be an obedient daughter. She wanted her family to influence the daughter. The mom wanted the cousin’s successes to inspire her daughter to want to show off her piano skills. The mom wanted America to influence her daughter to be the very best. Amy Tan wrote “my mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America” (386). The daughter did not let America or her parents affect what her. She did not care what her family said about her piano skills. She yelled at her mom for making her do thing she did not want to be. Amy Tan wrote that the daughter said “You want me to be someone that I’m not!” “I’ll never be the kind of daughter you want be to be” (392). The daughter did not let her parents affect her she chose her own life and made as many mistakes as she wished. The mom in “Everyday Use” wanted Dee to be influenced by her sister Maggie and her true home. She wanted Dee to be with a local boy like Jimmy T when she was younger. She wanted Dee to have a stronger relationship with her sister. The mom believed that Dee hated her sister. Alice Walker wrote “I used to think she hated Maggie, too” (590). The mom wanted Dee to be like Maggie to stay at home and marry a local boy. Dee was not affected by her mom’s ways, she let other people influence her. Dee meet a boy that made her look at life differently. Asalamalakim introduces Dee to his culture persuading her to change her name. Dee also let her education influenced her. When Dee left she told Maggie “You ought to try to make something of yourself too” (595). Dee believed that education made a person not living in the way of the
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