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Harjit Kaur English 201 Pete Howard 4/7/09 In the story “Two Kinds”, Amy Tan writes about a relationship between a mother and a daughter. The mother of Jing-mei wants her daughter to become someone famous, but Jing-mei only wants to be herself. Jing-mei is just happy being herself but her mother was always pushing her to become famous. She thought that was the best thing for Jing- mei “Just like you,” she said, “Not the best because you are not trying.” (Tan, pg. 385) she tried everything in her power to make Jing-mei talented in some way, which led to her daughter being pushed of the edge. Every time her mother snapped at her Jing-mei would snap right back “For unlike my mother, I did not believe I could do anything I wanted to be. I could only be me.” (Tan, pg. 390). Jing-mei and her mother held completely different views, which led to them, fighting a lot.
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Unformatted text preview: The greater they disputed the further they would drift away. After the death of Jing-mei’s mother she decides to return to the piano. She starts playing the song, which had caused the breaking point of her relationship with her mother. She then played the song next to it. “And after I played them both a few times, I realized they were two halves of the same song.” (Tan pg. 391). Jing-mei’s relationship with her mother may have seemed disastrous and apart, but together they share a bond that makes them whole. Jing-mei’s determination to stay that she is, is much like the song “Perfectly Contented”, she is satisfied with the way things are. Yet her mother’s pushy, aggressive attitude is a lot like “Pleading Child.” She pushes and begs Jing-mei to cooperate and become famous. Even though the two disagree, like the songs, they form one beautiful song....
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