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In Amy Tans short story Two Kinds we see the strained relationship between a Chinese immigrant mother and a first-generation American daughter Throughout the text Jing-meis mother continually pushes her to become a prodigy She is so obsessive of her daughters excellence that she does not see the emotional damage she creates Jing-mei reacts negatively to the pressure She becomes indifferent angry excited and hopeful her emotions fluctuate because she is in a perpetual struggle between her identity and the identity her mother tries to create for her No one wins this tug-of-war it only ends in anger and disappointment Jing-mei sets out to become the direct opposite of what her mother wants It just goes to show that forcefulness doesnt work in any situation In the beginning of the story Jing-mei tries to do everything right She goes along with her mothers nearly impossible tests tries to become Shirley Temples double and generally maintains a good attitude about her mothers constant prompting In all of my imaginings I was filled with a sense that I would soon become perfect she said Jing-mei tried to convince herself that she could become what her mother wanted her to be Despite the attempts made by Jing-mei she always seems to fall short of her mothers expectations Her mother relentlessly pushes her because she wants her daughter to be more successful than she is She feels that in America anything is possible if you try hard and practice This is true for many things however becoming an overnight prodigy is not one of them It doesnt take Jing-mei long to realize that she will never fulfill her mothers demands She is hurt because she feels that her mother does not accept her for the person that she is Her mothers failed hopes and obvious disenchantments crush Jing-mei emotionally Out of her pain she purposely projects a personality that her mother disapproves of Her temperament becomes antagonistic and argumentative
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