A Mothers dream Essay

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A Mother's Dream

     For a lot children growing up, our mothers have been an complete part of what made us who we are. Mostly all good mothers want the

best for their child and they are determine to do whatever it takes for them to get it. The central struggle in Amy Tan's story ‘‘Two Kinds'' is a

battle of wills between the narrator, a young Chinese-American girl, and her mother, a Chinese immigrant. "Two Kinds'' is a coming-of-age story,

in which the narrator, Jing-mei, struggles to forge her own sense of identity in the face of her strong-willed mother's dream that she become a


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Jing-mei was in a talent show and was suppose to

play a piece called, "Pleading Child" and when it came to the recital, Jing-mei was horrible.

     Neither Jing-mei nor Suyuan is completely to blame for the piano recital disaster. It is Suyuan’s non-stop nagging and insinuations

regarding her daughter’s flaws that partially drive Jing-mei to refuse to practice seriously. The pain Jing-mei feels after the recital stems not just

from her own failure but also from her shame in having disappointed her mother. Suyuan’s inflated expectations and excessive pressure

backfire, contributing to Jing-mei’s failure to achieve what she might have achieved if left alone. Yet, at the same time, the disastrous piano

recital also testifies to the power of Suyuan’s love for Jing-mei, and to her faith in her daughter’s ability. The endless energy that Suyuan devotes

to the search for Jing-mei’s “inner prodigy”—cleaning for her piano teacher, saving up for a used piano—demonstrates that her motivations

probably lie deeper than the promise of bragging rights at church each Sunday. Many years later, Jing-mei realizes that Suyuan’s attempt to

bring out her “prodigy” expressed her deep faith in her daughter’s abilities rather than her desire to make her something she was not and

perhaps the shame she felt after her

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