Then it focuses on the daughters and how they were raised, then to the daughters current lives, and finally back to the mothers who finish their stories. The mother pushes her daughter to become a prodigy of some sort, her daughter does try to follow her mother 's orders but has she gets older she realizes she wants to find her own self and not to be what her mother wants her to be. In some cases, when our own dreams have either been destroyed or not realized, we project our dreams and wishes on our children. Author Amy Tan explores this sensitive and highly relevant aspect of this multicultural nation by employing sophisticated literary tools without compromising on the readability. By now, Jing-Mei knew who she was, and that was not the person her mother was driving her to be.
She struck up a friendship with another young mother, whose daughter proved to be quite adept at playing chess and showed great promise as an excellent chess player at a young age. Towards the end of the story, the outlook from these pressures change and take a turn for the better. The mother had previously stated that there are only two types of daughters. Her family eventually settled in Santa Clara. H The life of women has drastically changed throughout the ages. Jing-mei knows who she is. With her mother's guidance, Jing-mei can be a prodigy, towering above ordinary children.
Not till her mother dies. As such, the theme of this story easily transcends the immigrant experience. I do not have access to the audio nor the means to purchase the audio for this text, so as a public school educator, I need to do improvise and do the next best thing. Amy began written books at the age of 33. Jing-mei, on the other hand, was a confused child at first.
The end of the story is also interesting as Tan appears to be exploring the theme of acceptance. Another, which is more emphasized in the short story, is the theme of the difference in age and culture that can affect a mother and daughter relationship. In Two Kinds, Amy Tan builds up the romantic concept of cultural origins and lost ethnic essence in order to radically undermine and reconfigure the notion of an ethnic essence. Only after her mother's death can Jing-mei accept the piano. Losing her family in China, she now hopes to recapture part of her loss through her daughter. That Jing-mei is content in her life.
The author, Amy Tan is a second generation Chinese immigrant. Repeating the vicious cycle by passing down similar beliefs. These themes are common ones revisited in many of Amy Tan's books. She shares her personal story of the English she speaks, and how much the people you are around can change the way you converse. She had to choice from being who she was to being who her mother wanted her to be. Cathy feels that she does not fit in to Indian culture and Jing-mei has to live with a mother who, at crucial times, shows that she lives her life according to Chinese principles, whereas Jing-mei prefers the independent, American lifestyle. Suyuan's aspirations for her daughter result in a rift, and Jing-Mei stops playing the piano.
Perhaps the reader of this novel may recognize only two types of mothers: pushy mothers and patient mothers. In every family, parents have, at one point, imposed their failures and expectations on their children and in worse cases have even tried to live through their children. I wish I were dead! In a society that values individuality, the daughter sought to be an individual, while her mother demanded she do what was suggested. Most of these immigrants came from China in 1949, when the communist party took over. Jing-me is an impressionable nine year old girl living in an apartment with her parents. They have been the ones we can count on when there was no one else.
A mother tries to live her life through her daughter and her daughter rebels. Woo tries to mold her daughter into a child actress, but that doesn't work. Her difficult past in China, during which she lost her first husband and two babies, plays a large role in the hopeful way she embraces the American Dream, or the belief that anyone in America can succeed. She goes to China and after her arrival, Jing-Mei sees her two sisters who she has never seen before and finally realizes that both of them are as same as her mother. As a result, Jing-mei is shocked when her mother expects her to continue practicing.
At first my mother thought I could be a Chinese Shirley. As a result, Jing-mei is shocked when her mother offers her the piano as a thirtieth birthday present. This is a conflict within itself. The mothers and daughters in this book are separated by many factors — age, experience, ambition, and culture. The author, Tan, has written the books The Joy Luck Club, and The Kitchen God's Wife.
The narrator of this story, Jing Mei recalls of the days when her mother wanted her to be a prodigy in America. Jing-Mei mother tries to push her daughter into being a prodigy. A first-generation Asian American, Tan emigrated from China to Oakland, California, where she became a famous writer. The narrator was entirely American despite her Chinese heritage. She believed that her inner prodigy would surface and allow her to play well, but the performance proved to be an utter disaster.
Little does she know, her dream will be short-lived. Woo's reasoning, all we have to do is contrast Waverly's instant fascination with chess to Jing-mei's refusal to practice the piano. Some people think of relatives or the people that they live with. In her refusal to accede to her mother's wishes, Jing-mei becomes cruel. She wants to prove that she can become a success on her own efforts and strength of mind.