Analysis Of Two Kinds By Amy Tan

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Analysis of Two Kinds by Amy Tan

In the story “Two Kinds”, the author, Amy Tan, intends to make reader think of the meaning behind the story. She doesn’t speak out as an analyzer to illustrate what is the real problem between her and her mother. Instead, she uses her own point of view as a narrator to state what she has experienced and what she feels in her mind all along the story. She has not judged what is right or wrong based on her opinion. Instead of giving instruction of how to solve a family issue, the author chooses to write a narrative diary containing her true feeling toward events during her childhood, which offers reader not only a clear account, but insight on how the ...view middle of the document...

She wants to get her mother’s compliments instead of her criticisms. However, her mother response of, “just like you,” and, “not the best. Because you not trying.” Here, her mother doesn’t really answer her question, instead wants her put more effort on trying, neglecting how much she has tried before. However, in her mother’s perspective, she has never tried hard enough. By narratively stating the conversations she has encountered, readers perceive a strong implication of the reason for a future conflict between her and her mother.

By looking through the narrator’s eyes, readers are able to understand her stress and struggle from her standpoint. At first, the narrator keeps trying to reach her mother’s expectation. She decides not to response to her mother’s attempt of finding her prodigy after seeing her “mother’s disappointed face once again,” and feel, “something inside” her “began to die.” The “thing” which dies is her confidence and pride, and also part of her responsibility which she puts on herself in response to her mother’s expectation. In a conversation between her and her mother when she is sent to a piano lesson, she questions, “Why don’t you like me the way I am? […],”which reveals that she doesn’t feel her mother likes her. This example points out a deepest fear in her mind that is what if her mother doesn’t like a normal kid like her. As a result of her frustration and lack of concern from her mother, she begins to stop following her mother’s instruction, as a mean to protest her mother’s endless expectation. However, she cares tremendously what her mother thinks of her. For example, she reveals that, after the piano recital, what “devastated her” is “her mother’s expression,” which is “quiet, blank look that said she had lost everything.” This shows how much her mother’s emotion can influence her even after her assertion not to be changed by her mother anymore. Readers can then realize that the narrator never really “hates” her mother; instead, she hates to fail the expectation from her mother. By standing in the narrator’s shoes, readers can then understand the origin and the process of her decision to become a “lazy kid,” and shows that the “evil part” of the narrator is actually an immature attempt to make her mother accept her, she does this by defining herself as a normal person.

The author depicts her mother’s characteristics through the philosophy her mother has revealed to her and the conversations between them. It states her mother’s belief in the early beginning that she thinks people “could be anything you wanted to be in America,” and “there were so many ways for things to get better.” Her mother’s optimistic attitude toward a large feasibility of reaching personal dream makes her mother puts the same amount of expectation on the daughter, in a sense of helping the daughter to have a successful life. Therefore, her mother shares explicitly her belief to her and even pushes her to “try” new stuff; this is a...

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