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Amy Tan And Jing Mei Woo: Two Kinds

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There is no doubt that a mother’s relationship with their daughter is important. Sometimes though the relationship can be strained due to the mother. A mother can do many different things to strain the relationship. Chinese writers Amy Tan and Amy Chua both write about mother daughter relationships with contrasting tones in their excerpts “The Violin” (Amy Chua) and “Jing Mei Woo: Two Kinds” (Amy Tan). Amy Chua’s tone in “The Violin” is a lot more gentle and effective than Amy Tan’s tone in “Jing Mei Woo: Two Kinds”.
In “The Violin” , Amy Chua talks of her experience as a mother trying to help her daughter, Lulu, to become the best as she can become at the violin. This is evident with her tone. When at home, Chua tries to emulate Lulu’s teacher Mr. Stuttgart by screaming “Relax” (Chua line 10) While she is only trying to help
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This is shown within the tone of Amy Tan’s words. At the beginning of the excerpt Tan yells “No, Stop it” (Tan line 1 ) as her mother drags her across the floor. Tan’s mother then screams back at her with “Only one kind of daughter can live in this house an obedient daughter ”(Tan line 10-12) . The tone that Amy Tan uses is very intense compared to Amy Chua’s tone. The intense tone makes her writing less relatable and less effective. “Only one kind of daughter can live in this house an obedient daughter ” (Tan line 10-12)
The writing in Amy Chua’s the Violin is more effective than Amy Tan’s writing because Amy Chua’s use of tone makes her writing feel more relatable and more realistic. Amy Chua’s tone is more innocent while Amy Tan’s tone seems to be devoid of innocence. This is shown in “
In conclusion, Amy Chua’s writing in “The Violin” is more effective than Amy Tan’s writing in “Jing Mei Woo: Two Kinds” because, Amy Chua’s use of tone is more effective. This makes Amy Chua’s writing more engaging and overall
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