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The Role Of Parents In The Use Of Force And Two Kinds

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In “Two Kinds”, the author, Amy Tan, tells a story through the eyes of a young girl who, in the beginning, follows her mother's dreams, but eventually rebels against them. Tan uses the common theme that most parents are able to relate to because it expresses the many frustrations that parents and children feel/face when obsession takes the place of nurturing. In “The Use of Force”, the story is narrated by a doctor, who is answering a house call to see a sick girl, whose parents fear that she may have diphtheria. While both of these stories have their differences, they also have some similarities, too. The role of parents in both of these short stories play a significant part in how the stories play out, but there are some differences in these roles of parents. Therefore, the role of parents in both of these short stories is different.
The role of parents in both of these stories is different because of the different outcomes in both of these stories. In “Two Kinds", the mother makes her child practice and plays the piano daily and the mother wants her child to be a lot of other things as well. The mother thinks that Jing-mei wants to be this outstanding and remarkable piano player, but she does not want to be this great piano player after a while and she decides that she wants to try to be her own person. Jing-mei says ““I won’t let her change me” I promised myself. I won’t be something I’m not” (Tan). This shows that Jing-mei does not want to be what her mother wants her to be and that Jing-mei wants to be her own person. Amy Tan brings “her personal experiences mainly include her mother's and grandmother's lives and their influences upon her, her experiences as a Chinese-American, and feelings concerning life and death which have always been a part of her life into “Two Kinds"” (Thompson). Amy Tan also “utilizes ordinary relationships by exploring the changes and obstacles that are often encountered through them, allowing a reflection of relationships in general that is able to reach readers and often teach lessons concerning the readers' lives” (Thompson). What Thompson is trying to say here is that Amy Tan is using her own life experiences and is using some aspects from her life and putting them into her story. The role of parents in this story was that Jing-mei’s mom only wanted what was best for her daughter and she wanted her daughter to have a better life then what she had.
In “The Use of Force”, William Carlos Williams shows, in the story, the severity of a situation when the social roles and the personal impulses intertwine with each other. The parents of the sick, little girl only want what was best for their child. They do not want to see their child in pain or sick. No parent wants to see their child suffer in such agony. As someone put, “The man’s behavior towards the girl and this young patient’s reaction emphasize the difficulties people have separating emotions and standards” (Bite). What this person is trying to say is...

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