`` Two Kinds By Amy Tan

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“Two Kinds” by Amy Tan is a story that shows a battle that starts with the narrator and her mother, for control over the narrator’s life. Her mother wanted her to become a prodigy, but she wanted to be anything other than that. So, throughout the short story “Two Kinds” she’s determined to not quit the fight. “Two Kinds” is filled with different forms of conflict which allows for the narrator to realize that her mother’s crazy antics were to help her find what she was good at. Which leads to the narrator facing twoness until her mother is no longer Twoness is “the fact or condition of being two, duality, doubleness” (Oxford Dictionary). Also known as duality which is “the condition or fact of being dual or consisting of…show more content…
Yet she didn’t see the idea of being able to become anything, and that’s because she was raised in America. From her being raised in America the perception of being anything you wanted to be wasn’t huge in her mind due her not experiencing a form of tragedy or struggle to allow her to see that with time and effort anything is possible.
A second indication was her battle with herself and the idea of being anything. To achieve success at the highest level for which she is capable gave her the feeling of striving for perfection. “Sometimes the prodigy in me became impatient.” “If you don’t hurry up and get me out of here, I’m disappearing for good,” it warned. “And then you’ll always be nothing” (130). The narrator’s thought of being nothing based on how her mother was raising her projected the idea of being a disappointment, due to her mother pushing for a prodigy to emerge from within her and becoming a person worth wanting to be. The idea of no achievement made it harder for her as she grew up, due to the extensive test her mother would give her during dinner. “One night I had to look at the Bible for three minutes and then report everything I could remember. “Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance and…that’s all I remember, Ma.” I said. “And after seeing, once again, my mother’s disappointed face, something inside me began to die” (130). Having the thought of failing in the eyes of her mother made it harder for her to look at herself.

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