In the short story “A Wedding-Dress” the main character is a woman named Lena Schwartz. This woman is excited, because she is about to get married to Sam Hilton. The reader discovers that Miss Schwartz is a people pleaser and that she does not take responsibility for her actions. Lena must learn from the mistakes that she is making before she can be truly happy with her life. Miss Schwartz only thinks about making other people happy, because she is afraid of them becoming angry, or leaving.
The difference is a cultural divide between a mother born and raised in China and her American born daughter. Ni Kan’s mother wants her to be a prodigy in something, and she is not particular about what it is. She believes that you can control your destiny and become whatever you set your mind too. Believing this and wanting only the best for her daughter, Ni Kan’s mother pushes her to try everything from acting to playing the piano. She pressures her daughter to “try” it even though her daughter pushes away from it.
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
As she refuses to talk to anybody, the child created her own imaginary world being unwilling to look at the reality: “Why couldn't he understand that if he kept quiet, if all of them kept quiet, her parents would hear her and come to take her home?” (47). Through the story, her illusion state changes and tend to become a realistic one. Step by step she has no choice but to find in herself enough courage to accept and to surpass the situation. Nandana can be considered a hero because, as it painful, she finally accepts and begins to talk. Secondly, there's Nirmala, Nandana's grandmother, who was binged back to reality.
Alina is constantly watching herself making sure that she doesn’t get on Mrs. Kong’s bad side, which would be horrible because she could end up getting fired and after that she will get deported and then she will have nothing to offer her family. On top of that her daughter doesn’t recognize who she is and as for her husband who knows what he could be doing so far away. Later on in the story Mr. Kong also comes out with the truth and end up telling Alina how madly in love he is with her and of course although that is her boss she would not allow him to continue and try to kiss her, so she end up going to jail. After being in jail assuming that is basically the end for her, Mrs. Kong comes out of nowhere and bails
The tone that she uses in her piece seems to be sarcasm and this sarcasm is what leads me to the assumptions I make and the way I read her essay. She obviously wants to go to school and become economically independent and be able to support herself. I think that she is not happy with her current situation of being a mom and a wife and feels unappreciated. She stays home and does all the things she lists for her husband, but she resents this role in society that she is in. I assume that she wants a divorce from her husband but because of the role that society has placed on her, but she is unable to get one because she is very dependent on him.
After a few weeks the mother and the old, deaf, retired piano teacher, Old Chong arrange for the daughter to go to a talent show in a church hall. After first having high hopes for herself the, daughter fails miserably on the piano in the talent show. After the talent show she then stands up to her mother who still wants her to take piano lessons. She then has feelings of guilt towards the end, since she can’t match her mother’s expectations. But then in the end she comes to good terms with her mother, when she offers her the piano she used to play on.
(Munro 58) On the contrary, the theme in the film focuses on the expectations from a girl and how the narrator continues to rebel against them. The narrator wishes to free herself from the stereotypical expectations of her family. She tells her brother, "they'll never be able to catch me." (McBrearty) It portrays how she still wishes to live an adventurous life and rebel against her family's expectations. The film ends on a very hopeful note, amplifying the original theme
She believes these tests will make her daughter a prodigy. General knowledge is good for our child, help them to see things in different angles, but all knowledge’s are not important. In life there are times, we may ask unimportant questions, that doesn’t have any role to make our child a better person. Similarly, in the story of “Two kinds “, Nikan asked and tested by her mother several questions, but these questions and tests can’t make her a prodigy. According to PDF, document posted on scholar.
“My boyfriend and all my relatives do not want me to become a stewardess,” repeats the girl and she does not even try to make her dream come true. Culture’s gender stereotypes imposed by the society girls live in, have an enormous influence on their lives. The conception of the Good Girl presented by Lucy Gilbert and Paula Webster in their essay “The Dangers of Femininity” clearly describes the proposed model of girls’ behavior. Good Girl should dedicate her life to other people, in particular to her husband. Being always ready to help she is obliged to forget about her own wealth.