Amy Tan's A Pair Of Tickets

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Analysis of Setting in Amy Tan’s “A Pair of Tickets” In Amy Tan’s “A Pair of Tickets,” setting unfolds an important aspect of the story by positioning a ‘where’ and ‘when.’ Throughout the story, June May struggles with her internal conflict of resisting her Chinese culture. However, she begins to release this resistance as she ventures through China. The setting perpetuates the theme through the usage of transportation, the significance of the color gray amongst colors, and June May’s transition into a Chinese-American. As reflected by the setting and external places visited in “A Pair of Tickets,” June May’s interior state becomes more Chinese as she explores her native country. Including her temporary environments, the transportation that June May uses throughout the story mirrors her release of resistance as she is encouraged to learn more about her mother and homeland. The transportation usage in the story symbolizes June May changing throughout the course of her journey. Transportation indicates movement and includes an origination and a destination. In the beginning of “A Pair of Tickets,” June May travels by train, and expresses how different she feels. Readers observe June May’s internal transformation as she enters her destination in Guangzhou, China. June May states that she “can feel the skin on [her] forehead tingling, [her] blood rushing through a new course, [her] bones aching with a familiar old pain. And [thinks], [her] mother was right. [She is] becoming
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