Explaining A Mother In Two Kinds, By Amy Tan

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Amy Tan 's story “Two Kinds” is about a mother who brings her child to America to offer her a better life. The goal of the mother bringing her child to America is to allow her daughter the chance to be destined for greatness, even if it means having her daughter try out every opportunity to find out where her greatness might be hiding. “Two Kinds” written by Amy Tan, shows that mothers always know what is best for their children even if it means giving up their life in another country to come to a new one. Also, allowing children many opportunities to find something that interests them and not allowing their children to give up a task just because they have not succeeded at it yet. Finally, always loving a child even when a conflict causes …show more content…
We see the same determination for the mother in “ Two Kinds” to provide for the narrator develop in the beginning of the story by the narrator explaining that “My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America” (Tan, 590). This idea that the mother had of leaving China is a reflection of the notion that by bringing a child to America would allow them to become something bigger than what they are. The mother having this belief knew that leaving China to move to America was something that would benefit the daughter in the long run. The narrator informs the reader of this by saying “she had come here in 1949 after losing everything in China: her mother and father, her family home, her first husband and two daughters but she never looked back and never regretted it” (Tan, 590). This line of the text depicts the main theme of the story showing that here is a mother who has left everything that is familiar to her and moved somewhere entirely unknown just to give her daughter the chance of being something special. This line not only shows how much she was willing to give up her life in China, but it shows that the mother had no doubts in her mind that her daughter could come out on top in …show more content…
All in all, the mother may remain silent for many years but never stops loving her child because of it. This image is produced by narrator informing the reader that the pair has not spoken for many years about the conflict between the two by saying “And for all those years, we never talked about the disaster at the recital or my terrible accusations afterward, All that remained unchecked, like a betrayal that was now unspeakable (Tan, 597). Not only does it show that the narrator 's mother has given up all efforts in making her daughter something she does not wish to be, but it reinforces the fear that the narrator had all along been a failure in her mother 's eyes. Not only does the narrator feel like she is a failure but the narrator ultimately feels like she has let her mother down once and for all. This feeling would not last forever which the narrator explains by saying the narrator’s mother had surprised her daughter with a birthday gift (Tan, 597). It was when the daughter realized the gift was the piano which she gave up playing many years ago, that the narrator 's mother had never held a grudge for her giving up all these years. The narrator explains in the text that she saw the piano as “a sign of forgiveness, a tremendous burden removed” (Tan, 597). Although the piano was a sign of forgiveness from her mother, the piano is also seen as the

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