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Two Kinds

“Two Kinds” is truly an amazing work; it captivates readers with by telling a story of a young girl trying to find herself. Amy Tan does a phenomenal job, not only by portraying a very real mother-daughter relationship, but at showing how much a young girl can change. Jing-Mei evolves throughout the story in a way that many people can relate to; crushed hopes, obeying your parents even if it means doing something you don’t want to do, and finally standing up for what you believe in.

Since “You could be anything you wanted to be in America” (Tan 348) Jing-Meis’ mother thought that meant that you had to be a prodigy. While that makes “Everything [sound] too simple and too easily achieved; [Jing-Mei] does not paint a picture of her mother as ignorant or silly” (Brent). In fact, in the beginning, Jing-Mei and her mother are both trying to “Pick the right kind of prodigy” (Tan 349). “In the beginning, [she] was just as excited as [her] mother,”(Tan 349) she wanted to be a prodigy, she wanted

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