Symbolism in Two Kinds by Amy Tan and Everyday Use by Alice Walker
Jing-Mei was forced to take piano lessons; this only further upset her as she felt that she was a constant disappointment. Her mother was mad at her on a regular basis because Jing-Mei stood up for herself and explained to her that she didn’t want to be a child prodigy.
After Jing-Mei’s mother passes away she …show more content…
The story is about two daughters. One daughter is intelligent; she went off to college and has become successful. Her mother of course because of this is very proud of her and often brags about the daughter's accomplishments. However, she lives in a distant city. When the daughter comes home for visits, the mother gets excited.
The second daughter is very shy and incredibly simplistic. She went through a horrific tragedy as a child where she was badly burned and has scars over her arms and legs. She is a very timid girl and it is unclear if this is the reason why she lives at home with her mother still. The girl has horrible self-esteem, doesn't have much of a sense of self worth, and is almost like a dot on the rug when she is compared to her sister. She always gets nervous about her sister visiting because it reflects who she really isn’t; only reflect who her sister portrays her to be.
The sister visits and sees the quilt. It is old but beautiful, and a symbol of the family heritage in her eyes, but it is also a symbol of