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Short Story Critical Analysis of Two Kinds Amy Tans two kinds is a short story which dipicts the relationship between an immigrant mother an American daughter and their inability to understand each other Although most motherdaughter relationships have difficult times when neither side is willing to bend sometimes in winning the battle you lose the war The story two Kinds is set in Chinatown in Sacramento in the late 50s to early 60s Jing-Mei is a young Chinese girl whos mother has come from China to America to find a better life Jing Meis mother wants her to be a child prodigy Jing-Mei just wants to discover who the real her is At first Jing-Mei tires to be what her mother wants her to be Her mother tests her constantly but eventually Jing-Mei becomes frustrated from all the failed attempts and decides she will no longer do what her mother wants Jing-Mei gives up on herself believing she cant succeed which ultimately causes her mother to give up on her Jing-Mei realizes that what hurt her the most was her mother giving up on her In trying to please her mother Jing-Meis self image is lowered Everyday her mother would read about a new child prodigy then could try to test Jing-Mei to see if she could do what the child prodigy could do At first Jing-Mei wants to find her prodigy but after many failed attempts she reveals how she hated the tests The raised hopes and failed expectations Another example of her self image being lowered is when Jing-Mei learned to play the piano she says So maybe I never really gave myself a fair chanace And again Jing-Mei proves her low self image when she reveals that she believed that she could not do anything as her mother had said for unlike my mother I did not believe I could be anything I wanted to Jing-Meis mother who
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