Why Don T You Like Me The Way I Am?
In the beginning of the story, it states that the mother thinks that anyone could do or be whatever they wanted in America (Tan, 386). Her mother’s optimistic attitude about the feasibility of achieving one’s personal dreams makes her put the same amount of high expectations in her daughter, in her own way trying to help her have a successful life. Her mother shares her beliefs with her and pushes her into trying many different things. This is how she shows her love to her daughter in her own way. Her response to the narrator’s objections to taking piano lessons of “Who ask you be genius? Only ask you be your best. For you sake. (…)” emphasizes her true reason for pressuring her daughter to learn new skills (Tan, 389). Also, with her stating that there are “only two kinds of daughters, those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind” reveals that what she truly desires is for her daughter to listen to her and regard her opinions as good advice (Tan,