On the other hand Hannah is a devoted young 15 year old, who appears to be very mature and eager to please. At the age of 14, Hannah moves in with her aunt to devote all of her time into becoming a pianist. Her aunt was happy with her move, and continued to teach Hannah. But later on, Hannah became annoyed with her aunt’s rules and breaks them. After her aunt kicks her out of her house, Hannah began to cry and says “Don’t make me go, Tante Rose” (Horton 39).
“Two Kinds” by Amy Tan is a short story about a girl whose mother pushes her to become a genius, while the girl fights her wishes at every turn. The mother’s largest and final endeavor is for her daughter to learn how to play the piano and become a prodigy. From the subsequent events come heavy dispute between the two as we get a deeper look into the mother-daughter relationship they share. The author writes in such a way that leaves the interpretation and the judgment of the characters and the situation entirely up to the reader, not by leaving out detail, rather giving enough detail to show neither character as entirely in the wrong. Neither is shown to be without flaw, in a quite true-to-life scenario.
Like for example Smiley talks about her older daughter, “Now she is planning to graduate school and law school and become an expert on woman’s health issues, perhaps adolescent health issues like anorexia and bulimia” (377). This shows how Barbie affected her child in to becoming a strong woman who cares about woman issues but then again cares about her
REBECCA (Daphne du Maurier) – CHAPTER 5 Summary Chapter five begins with Mrs. Van Hoppers “interrogation” of where the narrator had been that morning. After being out with Max de Winter for lunch and a drive everyday for a fortnight, she lies and says she has been at a tennis lesson. Mrs. Van Hopper hopes that she has improved, making her out to be a terrible player. The narrator continues, describing her anticipated car trips with her exclusive friend, and she remembers how she could not wait for the slow lift, running down the stairs and bursting out the lobby door to meet him in his car. In the car, the narrator wishes that she could bottle these memories, so that she could relive them by uncorking the bottle.
Having worries, her parents take her to a therapist. But he is soon fired when he proposes that she should be put on medication. Her mom notices Phoebe’s self-destructive behavior at home, and her constantly getting into trouble at school, but she refuses to accept that there’s anything wrong with her daughter. Other than the trouble with Phoebe, her parents are also dealing with their own relationship problems. Her young sister feels jealous and left out when she watches Phoebe get all the attention from both parents.
Ribbons Book Report By Paige Robison Ribbons is a fictional story written by Laurence Yep about a young girl who is forced to give up her greatest passion in order to help her family bring her grandmother to the United States. Although ballet means everything to 11-year-old Robin Lee, she is forced to give up her lessons. Her parents need every cent they can save to fulfill their long held dream of bringing her grandmother over from China before Hong Kong becomes part of the communist mainland. Although Robin is crushed by her parent’s decision, she is determined to maintain her skill by practicing alone and with friends, but it is difficult and she feels that she will not be able to achieve as much in ballet since she is forced to quit
When she moved away from China, Jing-Mei’s mother had a vision that in America, you could be anything that you wanted to be. She especially wanted her daughter to be a prodigy. When Jing-Mei’s mother says, “Of course you can be prodigy too”, and insists that she train and work towards being this, it shows the way her mother controlled Jing-Mei’s decisions and life (305). To ensure that Jing-Mei became a prodigy, her mother controlled her daughter by setting her to do many difficult tasks such as memorizing the bible and the capital of states (306). Her mother also gave Jing-Mei many tests such as multiplying numbers in her head, finding the queen of hearts in a deck of cards, and predicting daily temperatures (306).
“Mom, I really don’t want to talk about it.” Throughout the night her mom checked up on her to see if she was ok. Tears began to fall down her eyes onto her cheeks, when she decided to call Jordan for comfort. Jordan gave Mariah advice just to leave him alone and focus on school. Mariah couldn’t understand why this was happening to her. The next morning, Mariah gets up for school and gets 3 missed calls from Daniel. Her heart almost jumped out of her chest.
ENGL 110 Essay 1 Final Draft Yi Zhang Cultural and Generation Conflict “Two kinds” is a story about the conflict between a Chinese-American girl Jing Mei and her mother. They immigrated from China to the United State and when Jing Mei was a little girl, her mother tried to discover Jing Mei’s prodigy. At first Jing Mei is also curious about being a prodigy but finally she lose interest in it. The author Amy Tan develops her theme of cultural and generation conflict through the choice of an appropriate setting, the use of strong character development, and strong plot development including exposition, conflict, climax, and resolution. The setting of the story establishes an appropriate background for the characters’ traits and leads to the exposition between two characters.
The setting of the piano recital at the “Joy Luck Club” is heavily ironic. Jing-mei’s performance is certainly not lucky, nor joyous. The events at the club result in a loss of hope and joy, especially for Jing-mei’s mother. Also, the climax occurs in the family’s apartment. As all children are expected to be obedient in their home, the rebellion of Jing-mei in her home shows her strong feelings against being lived through vicariously.