Two Kinds Essay

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The Reading Report of The Joy Luck Club The Joy luck Club is written by Amy Tan. It was once published on periodicals and Atlantic Monthly. Moreover, the Atlantic Monthly got the serial rights and published it in February in 1989. The author intended this book to be read as a loose collection of interrelated stories. However, most readers read it as a novel. Two kinds is the last story of the second of four sections in the book, it impresses me the most. Like the other stories in The Joy Luck Club, two kinds tells the story between mother and daughters. The mother was born in China before the communist revolution. Therefore she was cut off the culture for many decades. She even lost her twin daughters in China. In this story, the narrator, Jing-mei, resists her overbearing mother's desire to make her into a musical prodigy in order to compete with one of her friend's daughters. The narrator recalls these events after a period of more than twenty years and still struggles to understand her mother's motivations. This story happened in San Francisco. It is a story of an immigration family from China to America. The mother thought they can reach any dreams in this nation. She forced her daughter to learn playing the piano, although her daughter was not interested in it at all. This experience expresses the conflict between mother and daughter. It is also a kind of generation gap. The mother hoped her daughter to be successful, even outstanding. The daughter couldn’t understand her. She desired for freedom instead of doing the things she was unwilling to. Amy Tan tells the story from the point of view of an adult looking back on her own childhood experiences. This gives the story a rich double perspective, allowing both the hindsight and judgment of a mature woman, and also, for much of the story, the freshness and innocence of a young person

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