Jing-Mei Moo: Two Kinds

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Amy Chua and Amy Tan act contrastingly about how to train their daughters to do their best. Both excerpts show that their daughters are not able to make smart accommodations of their own; however, both parents feel differently about how their children should be raised. Though Chua and Tan have different ways of mothering their daughters, they both aim to teach their daughters to do their best at all times.
In the excerpt from “The Violin” by Amy Chua, the mother is not as tough as the mother in the excerpt “Jing-Mei Moo: Two Kinds.” In “The Violin,” Lulu continues to remind herself to relax while attempting to play the violin. The only real intensity in this excerpt comes from Lulu, the daughter, especially when she yells at her mother to
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Throughout the entire excerpt, characterizations of a mother are described by a young, disobedient girl, making her mother seem demented. Words such as “smiling crazily” and “frighteningly strong” are used to portray the mother. At one point in the story, the daughter sobs, “You want me to be something that I’m not!...I’ll never be the kind of daughter you want me to be!” (Tan) to which the mother replies that only obedient daughters are allowed to stay in her house. However, remembering about her mother’s lost babies in China, the daughter shouts later in reply, “I wish I were dead! Like them.” (Tan). Recollecting the memories of her lost children, the mother shuts up and leaves the room, stunned. Amy Tan’s interpretation of the mother in the story is not to be a selfish, crazy mother, it is to be a mother who did not completely fail at raising a child. The mother sees her only daughter as an opportunity to fix what she messed up with her previous children. Since they could not be successful, her only daughter will be her chance. Because of this, the mother in Amy Tan’s novel, “Two Kinds,” makes it her priority to make sure her daughter become successful. Though the tone of Amy Tan’s story is more intense than Amy Chua’s story, both mothers’ goals are the same as the other. In Amy Tan’s novel, the mother figure is tough on her daughter
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