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Conflicting Personalities In Two Kinds By Amy Tan

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The story two kinds by Amy Tan is a motivational story and somewhat heartbreaking. It’s a powerful example of conflicting personalities and needs that cause a struggle between the parent and child. This story relates to most family’s today such as parents trying to push their kids to become something they were not meant to be. The title of this short story “Two Kinds” is describes the theme of this story itself. The mother had previously stated that there are only two types of daughters. “Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind”. Jing Mei did not understand or realize the truth or meaning behind that saying until after her mother’s death. Jing Mei realized that her mother ...view middle of the document...

Although her mother tried to explain to her that she only wanted the best, Jing was stuck on thinking that her mother only wanted to control her life meaning everything her mother told her she was stubborn about. When her mother dies it is like she gets a new attitude about everything. She views everything different and begins to regret everything and not listening to her mother in the past. Jing Mei takes her mother’s place in the joy Luck Club after she dies where she finds out that her mother had succeeded in finding the address to her long lost daughters in China. People have tried to get Jing Mei to travel to China and find her sisters to tell them about the life of their mothers but she just doesn’t know if she can do it. Jing Fears that she is not capable of completing this task. She does indeed finally decide to travel to China and tell her sisters about their mother who still have a hard time remembering.
Suyuan Woo who is the mother of Jing Mei is often misunderstood throughout the story by her daughter. Although her daughter thought she only wanted to take over her life that was not true. In many was she was stubborn because she kept trying to get her daughter to be something she didn’t want her to be. Suyuan was born in China but had to move to America After a disaster that happen in China. She left behind to two daughters because she could not find them after they got separated. She devoted her life to finding them but her death prevented it from happening. When...

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