Two Kinds Short Story by Amy Tan

Summary

The short story “Two Kinds” (1989) by Amy Tan outlines the main character Jing-mei (June) Woo’s childhood and the effects of her mother’s high expectations for her life.

June’s mother wants her to become a child prodigy. She tests June on math and geography to uncover some hidden genius.

After her mother seeing a Chinese girl playing the piano on The Ed Sullivan Show, she arranges for June to take piano lessons. Her teacher, however, is deaf.

June appears in a talent show to show her competence, but she blunders her piano recital terribly. Her piano teacher is the only who applauds. June decides not to play by her mother’s card anymore and just be herself. Her mother gave her the piano at June’s thirtieth birthday. June starts playing the piano after her mom’s death. 

Uddrag
Analytical essay
Most people have had a conflict with their mom once. In most cases this is natural, but in this case, the mother is in more control of her child than normal. It is about a mother and daughter’s relationship, where the mother determines her choices. This is exactly what the story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan from 1989 is about. It is about how the narrator’s mom is forcing her to become a young prodigy.

“Two Kinds” is a first-person narration told from the point-of-view of Jing-mei. Jing-mei is the first-person narrator because she is in the plot herself, and we see everything from her perspective. We can see her feelings and thoughts. Jing-mei uses the style of the first-person narrator: “I”, “we” and “my”.

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