The Theme Of Conflicts In Two Kinds By Amy Tan

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In the short story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, the author creates a conflict between a Chinese mother and her daughter. The relationship between the mother who wanted her daughter to be prodigy, and her daughter who refused to be prodigy is presented (43). She uses dialogue, irony, similes and metaphors to illustrate and set her writing. Tan’s main message that stands out in the story is parents-to-kids relationship, in this case mother-to-daughter relationship. With all the details given by the author the reader can explore what parenting is like, or what is it like to be a kid in another culture. The author also uses first-person point of view to deliver her writing. Reader’s know exactly what the narrator is thinking and feeling which …show more content…
Throughout the story Tan structures her writing by presenting a conflict between the mother and daughter in the story, delivering the message of what a parent-to-kid relationship is like using first person narration.
Tan uses her language in the story to engage the readers by creating conflicts. In addition she characterizes the protagonist as someone who thinks she is not good at anything because she is who she is. Automatically the language in the story is set to negativity. Therefore a conflict between Jing Mei and her mother is created within the story that leads to more conflicts as her mother wants her to be someone that is not her. The conflicts in the story are person vs. person, person vs. self, and person vs. society. First of all the main conflict (person vs. person) Tan presents is Jing Mei’s mother trying to make her daughter be perfect, and Jing mei refusing to be perfect. For example, “Why don’t you like me the way I am? I’m not a genius!” (45). Then there is a second conflict which is person vs. self. As Jing Mei’s mother wants her daughter to be prodigy, Jing Mei starts getting frustrated with herself. The author states that “After seeing my mother’s
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By using first-person point of view the author lets the reader know what the main character feels, and thinks. This first-person narrator Jing Mei is also the protagonist in the story. Having the ability to know Jing Mei's emotions and thoughts allows the reader to connect, and feel what she feels. Jing Mei says, “I had no fear whatsoever, no nervousness. I remember thinking to myself, This is it! This is it” (46). When Tan uses first-person point of view in her story the reader is the first one to connect Jing Mei emotions, and know what she is feeling during her piano performance at the talent show. Nobody in the talent show audience knows how she feels, the only ones the know are the readers and Jing Mei. The reader also knows that after her mother died she regretted having a bad relationship with her mother and never doing anything about it. Tan’s use of first-person point of view helps the reader connect to the character, understand and know more about the character. Not only does the reader see the conflict or plot of the story, but the reader also knows the main character's thoughts, emotions, and

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