Essay on A Pair Of Tickets By Amy Tan

821 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
The, setting, symbols and theme in “A Pair of Tickets” In Amy Tan’s “A Pair of Tickets”, the author describes the quest of a young American- Chinese woman who is on a mission to fulfill her deceased Mother’s dream of finding the twin daughters she had to abandon as a young woman in war-torn China. Amy Tan skillfully uses the setting, symbols, and the theme to explore the lead character’s feelings about her heritage. The setting of the story is China in the late 1980s. While, the now thirty-six year old, Jing Mei had rejected her Chinese heritage growing up in San Francisco, she realizes how being in China changes her feelings towards her genetic roots and ethnicity. “The minute our train leaves…I feel different.” (Tan 147). Tan uses the setting to give the reader insight into theJing Mei’s self-discovery. The lead character identifies similarities between modern day China and America. “I find a built-in wet bar with a small refrigerator stocked with Heineken beer, Coke classic, and Seven-up…and packets of M&Ms…And again, I say out loud, “This is Communist China?” “(Tan 153). The protagonist immediately recognizes these familiar products which are common in America. This similarity helps Jing Mei to obstruct the gap that is amidst the two worlds of her Chinese-American culture. At the same time, she also notices stark differences “We pass a public bus with people jammed in so tight their faces are clearly wedged against the window.” (Tan 152). These similarities and…

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