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In Amy Tans Two Kinds Tan uses the central conflict and symbolism to emphasize the idea that achieving the American Dream is a struggle and can lead to disappointment The central conflict of the story is about the mother wanting her daughter to become a child prodigy but her daughter cannot fulfill her mothers dream And Tan uses the piano symbolizes hope but also failure for the daughter and mother to accentuate the idea of dreams can be defeated Tan uses the central conflict between the mother and daughter to exemplify the theme that the American Dream is hard to reach and can be broken The mother is preoccupied in having her daughter become a child prodigy and living the American Dream She puts a lot of pressure on her daughter and makes her daughter play the piano take acting lessons and learn random facts in certain subjects The mother also believes in her daughter could be anything The narrator who is the daughter says my mother believes you could be anything you wanted to be in Americayou could become instantly famous Pg652 However the daughter does not want to be a prodigy nor does she believe she could become one The mother has so much hope for her daughter but she does not want is so much like her motherTan uses the piano as a symbol to represent hopes and failures of the daughter and the mothers dreams At first the piano symbolizes hope for the daughter to become a child prodigy in piano playing because she had failed in acting already so the piano represents a new start for the daughter and her mothers dreams Three days after watching The Ed Sullivan Show my mother told me what my schedule would be for piano lessons and piano practicemy mother had traded house cleaning services for weekly lessons and a piano for me to practice on everyday two hours a day from four until
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