Two Kinds Analysis

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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. Firstly, the story started by holding the mother’s personal perceptions of the American Dream in the first paragraph. “My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America. You could open a restaurant. You could work for the government and get good retirement. You could buy a house with almost no money down. You could be rich. You become instantly famous” (382). She fills herself with the utmost belief that immigrants, like her, will thrive through hard work, determination, and courage. This becomes more evident by her consistent attempts to change her into a prodigy. She is determined to make her the next Shirley Temple, knowledgeable person, and a piano prodigy. The mother’s personal dark struggle of her past, from the time in 1949 when she left her family, including her parents, husband, and twin daughters, is far from her mind and instead focuses her pursuit of the American dream she wants for Jing-mei. However, Jing-mei’s view of the

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