Amy TanS Two Kinds Essay Research Paper — страница 2

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She was not regretful of her past, and she always felt ?things could get better in so many ways.? (386) The loss of her daughters and her belief that you could be anything you want to be in America is a strong example of why she is so persistent in making Jing-Mei become the best she can be. It?s like she is taking all her hopes and dreams for three daughters and throwing it all on top of one, as if Jing-Mei had to fulfill the lives of her ?dead? sisters. Although the mother did not present her motivations in the correct manner, I believe she truly meant no harm, and was only trying to be a good parent. The atmosphere of the story continues with an array of conflicts. Jing-Mei is forced to take piano lessons after her mother saw a Chinese girl, whom resembled Jing-Mei, playing

piano on the Ed Sullivan show. Being that Jing-Mei had no interest in playing piano she lazily went about her lessons, and got away with it, because she had a deaf teacher. Jing-Mei did this despite the fact that her mother had traded housecleaning services for her lessons. Not knowing of her daughter?s disobedience, Jing-Mei?s mother bragged about her one day after church ? If we ask Jing-Mei wash dish, she hear nothing but music. Its like you can?t stop this natural talent.? (390) This made Jing-Mei even more determined to put a stop to her mother?s foolish pride. By not practicing and being determined to disappoint her mother, Jing-Mei is humiliated one evening after she tried to play the piano at a talent show. Even though Jing-Mei continuously wanted to disappoint her mother

that night her mother?s face devastated her. This situation lead to their final conflict. Not giving up on her, Jing-Mei?s mother tried to get her to return to her lessons one afternoon. After throwing a tantrum Jing-Mei said the words that would end their quarrels for good, ? Then I wish I?d never been born! I wish I were dead! Like them.? (393) After saying this to her mother everything stopped, her hopes, her dreams everything she wanted for her daughter ended in that single moment. Jing-Mei and her mother are both at fault in this story. Instead of trying to please one another, their heads were clouded with their own selfishness. They destroyed that mother-daughter bond they should have shared. It is unfortunate that Jing-Mei realizes what she has lost after it is too late,

and her mother has already passed on. They were the same, Jing-Mei and her mother, but blinded by their own needs they never realized ? they were two halves of the same song ? (3