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What happens when a mothers dream becomes her childs nightmare Sometimes the intention and goal of a parent may be the same as their childs Yet the path to the end may not take the same route Often times mothers may pass many things on to their children Whether a dream or clich the intention is always with a heartfelt confidence that the child will somehow take on some piece of her soul and desire In Amy Tans Two Kinds and Russell Bakers Gumption this story of a mothers dream for what is best for her child and the childs path to success both show how a conflict of interest may turn out to be two paths crossing in the end A conflict of interest could result in the abandonment of an ideal yet in the end things always seem to work out According to some mothers Most mothers wish that their child surpass them and reach their own personal goals Surpass them in intellect success financial stability and most of all effort For a child to fulfill a mothers dream is for both child and mother to be a success In Bakers Gumption his mothers desire is for Baker to have a little gumption or motivation She firmly believes that The Lord helps those who help themselves 80 She wants her son to go forth in the world and take it over Baker on the other hand has quite a different thought He has no more gumption than a bump on a log 79 He was content with Dick Tracy and Stooge Viller His idea of a perfect day included much inactivity That is his way of being but his mother had a rare determination to make something of himself 81 She forced him to become a salesman of the Saturday Evening Post She was determined that he would not grow up like him his father and his people with calluses on their
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