Character Analysis of a Daughter and Her Chinese Immigrant Mother in Two Kinds by Amy Tan

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The mother had lost everything including her home, husband and children in China before immigrating to the United States in hopes of a better life. The mother viewed America as the land of opportunity in which a person could have fame, wealth and anything else desired. She looked to her daughter to become the prodigy that she saw on the television and in magazines, but those expectations were never met. The character of the daughter is depicted as a typical American child that refuses to put forth the effort required to be successful and lashes out at her mother when she fails. The character experiences a full circle of experiences in this story including excitement at the possibility of being prodigy, disappointment from failure and upset and contentment that came with her mother’s forgiveness. The story opens with the daughter describing the beginning of the search for the talent that would allow her to be the prodigy for which she was destined. At first, the daughter believed that she would be a prodigy once they discovered the right talent. She was “just as excited as my mother, maybe even more so. (p637)” The young girl believed that she “would soon become perfect. (p. 637)” The daughter tied her worth to the prodigy that she must become. However, after a beauty training school nightmare and relentless failed prodigy testing the…

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