9094 - “Two Kinds” The turns of mother/daughter...

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Unformatted text preview: “Two Kinds” The turns of mother/daughter relations relations Obedient Frustration and resistance Frustration Further conflict and defiance Crisis Compromise Compromise Final understanding Generation Conflict Generation The myth of American dream Parental expectation & parental competition Parental hope; frustration; self-anger; low self-esteem The symbolic meanings of the two songs songs “Pleading Child” vs. “Perfectly Contented” “Only two kinds of daughters,” she shouted in Only Chinese. “Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind. Only one kind of daughter can live in this house. Obedient daughter!” (para. 73) Another manifestation of two kinds Another “And then I saw what seemed to be the And prodigy side of me—a face I had never seen before. I looked at my reflection, blinking so that I could see more clearly. The girl staring back at me was angry, powerful. She and I were the same. I had new thoughts, willful were thoughts—or, rather, thoughts filled with lots of won’ts. I won’t let her change m, I promise myself. I won’t be what I’m not.” myself. Shirley Temple Shirley Some memorable passages Some “confusing time with its mathematical confusing progression, as the old do, to whom all the past is not a diminishing road but, instead, a huge meadow which no winter ever quite touches, meadow divided from them now by the narrow bottleneck of the most recent decade of years.” bottleneck (“A Rose for Emily”, para. 55) (“A Some memorable passages Some “We did not say she was crazy then. We We believed she had to do that. We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will.” (“A Rose for Emily”, para. 28) ...
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