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"A Pair Of Tickets" Analysis

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People who say that home is where the heart is are absolutely right when it comes to the story of Jing-Mei in Amy Tan’s A Pair of Tickets. This unique story provides a look into the mind of a young girl who meets her long lost relatives for the first time and the connection she feels with them as well as with her surroundings. This story is a great parallel to the connection that can be shared in a family even across long distances. Amy Tan is a brilliant author and has mastered the use of literary techniques such as backstory, multiple settings, conflict to further the plot, convey culture, the possessions that are on each carrying and relationship between the two sisters.
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The curious thing about this is that it is the first trip Jing-Mei had ever taken to her homeland of China and yet she feels a strange connection instantly. She recalls her mother’s words to her as a child. “Once you are born Chinese, you cannot help but feel and think Chinese”(189). This connection that Jing-Mei towards her heritage is a direct parallel to the connection she feels with her long lost half sisters.
Not only does A Pair of Tickets have multiple plot lines and multiple settings but it also has multiple conflicts as well. There is really no “central” conflict in the story, but rather just a lot of different conflicts that correspond with the different settings throughout the story. The conflict for instance between human and nature can be observed in the context of the story of the twin’s mother who battles with the elements for as long as she can until she cannot take it any longer and is forced to abandon her kids. Also conflict found when the twins’ adopted parents attempt to find the twin’s true parents. Although this conflict is unresolved and ends up failing, it is, nonetheless, a conflict.
Suyuan walked three days to make it to the border between Japanese and China, due to the conflict that was happening with the Japanese invasion. She literally had to go carry as many things as possible to have the...

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