She then starts testing her daughter in a lot of weird ways. This is when the daughter starts having difficulties with her mother’s ways. She cries every night and tells herself that she won’t let her mom change her. Her mother then forces her to take piano lessons from an old, deaf, retired piano teacher who lives in their apartment building. 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.
She had no confidence in her mother growing up, and saw her as a “limit” and an “embarrassment”. Later in Tan’s life, she found several surveys which led her to realize that she was not alone; there were other Asian-Americans who may have shared the same struggles as her. Tan creates a symbolic diction through the use of words like “broken”, “limited”, and “fractured”. She is very repetitive with her use of these words, although she explains how she hated when people described her mother’s english that way. Although Tan knows that the way her and her mother converse is not grammatically correct, she has grown to love it.
One observation that I made about Faye, from A Secret Sorrow, is that she is always thinking of her family members before herself. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she is more concerned about how her condition will make Kai react. Then once the two of them adopt their three children, she takes advantage of the time she has with her them that she thought she would never have. On the other hand, the woman from A Sorrowful Woman hides herself from her family even though she knows the time she has with them will be cut short. She did not take advantage of precious time that she
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.
Antonia is a young girl who deals with family issues and overwhelming responsibility in her one depressed parent family. On the other hand Jazz deals with trying to make her parents accept who she truly is and she also constantly rebels. While Jazz's Gothic look may be deceiving but she is completely different once you get to know her. Someone of her appearance would never be assumed to play the piano and save lives as a lifeguard. While the two girls have their own unique points they also have one thing in common and that is family issues.
Lena asserted, “I’ve hated ice cream almost all my life” (162). According to Lena’s mother, Ying-Ying, Lena has never liked ice cream because it seems to always make her sick. Therefore, Lena should not have to pay part of the items that she does not like. After the big fight over the cat that Harold gave Lena, she discovers the lack of emotional balance in their marriage. Harold posits, “You should pay for the exterminators, because Mirugai is your cat and so they’re your fleas.
Baguio, Ritche Mr. Daniel Lambert Eng 028 #6018 June 30, 2014 Analysis of “Two Kinds” “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan is a story between a Chinese immigrant mother and an American-raised daughter’s journey in the land of opportunity, America. The Author expresses the theme of cultural, generational, and personal struggle of the American Dream through the use of characters, setting, plot, and symbols. The point of view is told through the character, Jing-Mei, who was her mother’s hope for honor, pride, and great expectation by becoming someone, like a “prodigy” (382). Jing-mei’s mother incredible belief that you “could be anything you wanted to be in America” (382) is not only a pronounced contrast to the land she left in 1949 but also of her daughter’s perspective of the American Dream. Both women seeming diverse idea of the American Dream is best reflected through their personality, actions, and conflicts.
Henrik Ibsen depicts how the conscious and subconscious motives and desires are obtained. Kristine Linde is a woman who has had to give up her dreams due to circumstances beyond her control. She was once in love but because her mother “was bedridden and helpless”and she “had to provide for two younger brothers”(Ibsen, 2011, p. 556) she was forced to marry for convenience of the situation. We can tell this has made her look at life in a more realistic and wise view than that of her friend Mrs Nora Helmer the main character. Mrs Linde has had to work hard and was not afforded love and children which she longed to have.
Maggie selflessly insists that her sister can have the quilts (128). Maggie is also not a very strong character; instead she stays in the background most every situation that she can. For example, Dee and her friend rapidly approached the house in their car. “Maggie attempts to make a dash for the house…” but her mother quickly takes hold of her, making sure that she does not escape. Maggie was very uneasy around her sister; her mother tells her anxiousness in regard to Dee’s visitation: “Maggie will be nervous until after her sister goes: she will stand hopelessly in corners, homely and ashamed of the burn scars down her arms and legs, eyeing her sister with a mixture of envy and awe” (119).
She also encourages me to do things that will keep me happy. One of the main things that she always encourages me to do is be a good person, which she won’t force because its naturally my choice, but most of the time she will try reasoning with me instead of forcing me. As you can see, my mom is a huge part of my life. She’s always been able to be there for me when i needed her, relating to any kind of circumstances, she’s been there. Parents tend to tell you what’s right and wrong, mostly by forcing you on what to do and what not to do.