Essay about Two Kinds and Everyday Use Comparison

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In present-day society, families go through several problems and arguments regarding numerous issues which would have been considered unacceptable in past times. Throughout a variety of different cultures, the level of respect and obedience for one’s parents has diminished while the negotiation of conformity and rebellion has risen. This statement is supported and evidential in two different stories, “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan and “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. Although these stories represent different cultures, they both exemplify the values and importance of family relations; as well as demonstrate in every culture families face social problems. In both these stories, two major topics stood out which allowed me to compare each one to one …show more content…
With the use of Jing-Mei’s mother quote it transfers me to “Everyday Use” because both kinds of the daughters explained are present in that story.
Similarly to Two Kinds, the story Everyday Use tells a tale of a mother’s conflicted relationship with her two daughters. Disparate to Two Kinds on the other hand, this story is told from the mother’s, Mrs. Johnson, perspective. Rather than focusing on the obedience factor and the idea of making something of oneself, I believe the moral of Everyday Use was to display the importance of one’s heritage, identity, and pride. Throughout the story the aspect of individuality becomes a prominent feature. Mrs. Johnson (Mama) explains how even though Maggie and Dee, her two daughters, grew up in the same house, they each developed two distinctive and contrasting views of what their past, present and future is about. These views eventually became the basis in which Mama used when she had to conform to one her daughter’s beliefs.
Throughout the story, Mama explained how Maggie had a very low self-esteem, remained uneducated, was very shy, and envious of her sister Dee. However, she accepted her heritage with pride and did not try to change who she was, unlike her sister who wanted to be called “Wangero.” Dee, on the contrary, was educated, good-looking, demanding, and ashamed of her heritage. She liked to be known for her

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