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Two Kinds is a short story about a mother who pushes her daughter to become a prodigy Amy Tan uses two types of tone At the beginning it displays an angry tone but at the end the tone is apologetic The purpose of this story is to make the reader realize how much parents want their children to succeed and how parents feel that their children are a reflection of themselves The purpose is also how it affected me it made me realize how much my parents want me to succeed and that is why they push me even though they dont push me to the extent that Ni Kans mom pushed her Amy Tan uses more dialogue than rhetorical devices in her story One simile I did find is Her fingers felt like a dead persons like an old peach I once found in the back of the refrigerator This shows how old lady chongs fingers felt to the small child The author switches tones in the middle of the story The beginning tone is angry Ni Kan is irritated with her mother for pushing her against her will One example of the tone is when Ni Kan says I wont let her change me I promised myself I wont be what Im not Another example is I didnt have to do what my mother said anymore I wasnt her slave This wasnt china I had listened to her before and look what happened The tone at the end is regretful Even though Ni Kan doesnt regret the choices she made as a child she felt bad for how disrespectful towards her mother An example of this is when she said It made me proud as if it were a shiny trophy I had won back Another example is I put the jewelry in special silk pouches The sweaters she knitted in yellow pink bright orangeall the colors I hatedI
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