A Pair Of Tickets By Amy Tan

1555 Words Sep 17th, 2015 7 Pages
Setting is a place or a certain location where an event is about to take place. It is used to create a vivid image for the reader and to better understand the characters. Furthermore, the setting also gives further insight about a character’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions to what is happening around them. By learning about the setting in a story, the reader will be able to understand how the setting relates back to the character and to the story itself. The protagonist, Jing-mei, is traveling to China for the first time, and she firmly believes she is not Chinese despite her mother’s insistence. Jing-mei is ignorant about the people and places in China, which could be the most likely cause of her being raised in America and only knowing American culture. Setting is integral for Jing-mei to finally understand herself. In Amy Tan’s short story “A Pair of Tickets” setting is used to emphasize the discovery of self-identity as well as heritage and culture for the protagonist Jing-mei. Having lived all her life in San Francesco, Jing-mei has never considered herself as Chinese. Her background and environment has shaped her into the person who she is today, and that person is, according to Jing-mei, not Chinese. Jing-mei mentions that she is embarrassed by how her mother has acted and states, “all those things my mother did to embarrass me – haggling with store owners, pecking her mouth with a toothpick in public, being color-blind to the fact that lemon yellow and pale pink…
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