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Many cultures follow the preachings of Confucius Filial Piety theimportant virtue and primary duty of respect obedience and care forones parents and elderly family members is used even today by manybackgrounds Transition One well known family in Two Kindsand excerpt from the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan uses the samebasic functions of filial piety A daughter Jing-Mei is givenimpossible orders by her mother and is expected to show devotion to hermothers wishes and obey them By attempting to meet her mothersimpractical requirements she feels that she is losing herself andrebels attempting to escape her mental maze Because she rebels againsther mothers unrealistic commands she feels that she will never beforgiven Twenty-one years later she receives the piano that caused herstruggle and her mothers pain when she is given this gift sherealizes what her mother had been trying to say to her from the time shewas a child until her adulthood As an grownup when Jing-Mei receivesthe piano from her mother she changes her perception of her mothersexpectations from when she was a child she finally realizes her motheronly wanted her to try her hardest and do her best and not to beperfectJing-Mei views her mothers expectations as impossible impractical andunrealistic but later comes to her senses and views them as wishes forher own well being During her childhood her mother wanted and thereforeexpected her to become a prodigy She was given test after test quizzedon card tricks and memorizations skills that after a while she came toher big realization that led her to her rebellious stage afterseeing my mothers disappointed face once again I hated the teststhe raised hopes and failed expectations Tan 477 Tan deliberatelywrites of how Jing-Mei feels about the tests to convey how she feelsabout the expectations behind them She keeps failing and somethinginside of her began to die and lower her self esteem causing her tofail more and more until her mother had no expectations left for
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