Comparison of 'The House on Mango Street' and 'Two Kinds'

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Analytical Essay Checkpoint Bobbi Cervantes Lit/210 Literature Sherry Salant February 10, 2011 I chose to compare “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros and “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan. Both stories deal with expectations. The narrator in “The House on Mango Street” tells us about the family moving several times before Mango Street but the last one they moved from was probably the worst. They had to move in a big hurry when the pipes broke, the landlord was not going to fix them. The house was just too old. That was the house on Loomis before that was Keeler and Paulina was before that. She could not remember the houses before that. The house on Mango Street was nothing like she had expected. Their parents had told her and the other children which someday they would move into a house that would be their own. This gave the children many expectations. The house was supposed to be white. With two stories and a big unfenced yard. The result was that the house on Mango Street was not anything like the narrator imagined. The story “Two Kinds” is about a girl named Jing-mei. Jing-mei’s mother is a Chinese immigrant who was convinced that in America people could be anything they desired. Jing-mei did not want to disappoint her mother but she thought she could not be the child prodigy her mother wanted her to be (enotes, 2009). Her mother decides that Jing-mei should be like Shirley Temple and takes her to have her haircut and curled. This does not turn out so her mother tries to blame Jing-mei. Next Jing-mei’s mother decides that Jing-mei should be a pianist after watching Ed Sullivan. Jing-mei hates piano lessons and asks her mother “Why don’t you like me the way I am?” After this event Jing-mei decides that she will never live up to her mother’s expectations, she then decides to quit trying. Similarities In “Two Kinds” the girl Jing-mei has to try to live up
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