Two Kinds American Dream

Decent Essays
The American dream if you work hard and play by the rules you should be given a chance to go far as God-given ability will take you,” says Cohen-Marks & Stout (824). People from all over the world come to America to seek this opportunity. The ability to come to a place of such promise, immigrants bring young children and bare more children here and hold them to this standard in order to obtain that dream and accomplish what they came for. In “Two Kinds” Tan describes a mother (Mrs. Woo) and daughter (Jing-mei) life in America. Amy Tan uses “Two Kinds” to show how immigration to America has the power to cause turmoil between a parent and child because of the parents predigested thoughts, forced plans, and comparisons all in hopes of finding the American dream.
Immigrants move themselves and their families to
…show more content…
When Jing-mei was nine her mother told her you could be anything you wanted to be in America. Some things she could do included open a restaurant, work for the government with retirement, buy a house, become rich, become famous and more importantly be a prodigy (Tan, 1). The picture that has been painted about America is that of glory. No obstacles mentioned only promises. Ideas were gathered by not only what Mrs. Woo saw but also what she heard and she would make changes in attempt to be apart of the American dream. Jing-mei said, “every night my mom would test me based on children she read in Ripley’s, Reader Digest or other magazines in hopes of finding a prodigy (Tan 1). Mrs. Woo never questioned the reality, reliability or validity of any of her
Get Access