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The story Two Kinds by Amy Tan describes the struggle between a dominate mother who tries to protect her daughter Ni kan from the devastating losses that she suffered by convincing her that she might become anyone she wants to be Ni kan resents her mothers control and wishes only to be herself The author clearly illustrates in this story that parents can not control their childrens lives they can only guide them in the right direction and let them make their own decisions First of all Amy Tan shows that Ni kans mother attempted to dominate and control her daughters life The mother does this by telling Ni kan that you can be prodigy too 379 and insisting that she work toward this goal Ni kan is then sent down a path of endless tests and lessons These tests include tests on capitals of the states multiplying numbers in her head finding the queen of hearts in a deck of cards trying to stand on her head without using her hands predicting the daily temperatures in Los Angeles New York and London and looking at a page from the Bible for three minutes and reporting everything that she remembers Although Ni kan quickly loses interest of her mothers dream of being a prodigy her mother persists She arranges for Ni kan to take piano lessons Her mother does not ask her if she wants to play the piano or to explore another art form She arranges a complete schedule of lessons and practices that take over not only her daughters physical time but also control Ni kans thoughts for most of her free time Her mother wants to control not only her actions but also her dreams and aspirations and she will not tolerate disobedience She clearly says that Only one kind of daughter can live in this house Obedient daughter381 Amy Tan shows that Ni kan resents
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