Amy Tan's "Two Kinds" - 1

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Alex Lawley
English 102
Professor Thomas
March 27 2013
Essay #3
In Amy Tan's "Two Kinds", there was quite a bit of mother daughter conflict. The mother and daughter had very different views on what the daughter's destiny should be like and that led to many disagreements.

In the story, there are two major characters, Amy and her mother. Amy is the daughter who is being forced by her mother to become some sort of child prodigy. Amy is the protagonist, but I also believe she is a dynamic character in the story because towards the end of the story, Amy realized why her mother was so adamant about her being good at something because all her mother wanted was the best for her daughter. Amy's mother is also a major character because she is constantly pushing Amy to do something worthwhile. Amy and her mother often disagree and this causes conflict. Amy's mother would be the antagonist because she is always pushing Amy to be someone or do something that's just not who she is or wants to be.

There are also some minor characters in the story such as Mr. Chong, who was Amy's deaf piano teacher, Auntie Lindo, who seemed to always be competing against Amy's mother by boasting about her daughter and lastly, Waverly, who was Auntie Lindo's daughter and who seemed to always try to be better than Amy at everything.

There is some elements of plot in the story. First, there is exposition because in the beginning of the story, it explains how Amy's family moved to America and how Amy's mother believed you could be anything you want to be. There is also some foreshadowing in the story because although Amy seems happy with her mother's goals for her at first, you can see Amy get frustrated and then it's clear that there will probably be some conflict later on in the story. The inciting force in the story is Amy's mother because she forces Amy into things that she doesn't want to do and this causes Amy to rebel, therefore causing conflict. There is definitely conflict in...
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