"Two Kinds" by Amy Tan

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"Two Kinds" The story "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan represents the theme that parents cannot control their children, but can only guide them. A Chinese mother and daughter Ni Kan are at odds with each other in story. The mother pushes her daughter to become a prodigy of some sort, her daughter does try to follow her mother 's orders but has she gets older she realizes she wants to find her own self and not to be what her mother wants her to be. They both have conflicting values, which is the theme of the story. The daughter seeks her own individuality, while her mother demanded her to do what she feels is best for her daughter. In the beginning of the story, the mother tries to control her young nine year old daughter’s life, trying to mold her…show more content…
Only one kind of daughter can live in this house. Obedient daughter!” Ni Kan goes in to a rage and rebels. “Then I wish I 'd never been born!” Ni Kan shouted. “I wish I were dead! Like them.” Referring to the twin baby girls her mother had lost in China. This was Ni Kan’s mother braking point and Ni Kan knew it, she saw it in her mother’s face. Although the piano was the main tension between the both of them but in the end it was as a peace offering. Ni Kan and her mother did not have the same aspect in life. Ni Kan wanted to be in control of herself. Live her own life and be her own person. Ni Kan ended up making her own choices in life while trying to repair her relationship with her mother. Before Ni Kan’s mother passed away she offered to give the piano to back to Ni Kan since it was

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