“Everyday Use”, Wangero

Topics: Piano, Family, 2003 in film Pages: 5 (1877 words) Published: August 8, 2012
Student Name
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ENG102: English Composition II
October 12, 2009
I. Introduction – Thesis statement.
A. In “Everyday Use”, the issue of race is perceived and discussed differently in country and urban settings. B. “Two Kinds”, demonstrate that parents have no control over their children’s lives; both authors describe a childhood conflict they can only show them the right direction and let them make their own decisions. II. Body

A. Jing-mei’s early life, works , later years of life
1. Jing-mei mother persists with piano
2. Jing-mei can be a prodigy too.
3. “Only one kind of daughter, obedient daughter.”
B. Dee’s early life, works, later years of life.
1. Dee’s education
2. Dee’s considered herself as cultured
3. Dee is selfish and egotistical character with a superficial understanding of her inheritance. III. Conclusion
A. Analytical summary
1. Jing-mei and Dee early life
2. Jing-mei and Dee works
3. Jing-mei and Dee Later years
B. Thesis reworded
C. Conclusion Statement.

Although mother-daughter conflicts are to be expected, the central conflict in the aforementioned relationship is a battle of wills between Jing-mei and her mother and Dee and her mother. For example, even though Dee's mother believes that quilts are for everyday use, Dee believes that they are cultural artifacts that must be preserved. Dee in “Everyday Use” and Ms. Johnson, her mother have major conflicting views that are similar to the identity conflicts that Jing-mei and her mother have. We observe moments of disappointment in both short stories. In “Two Kinds”, Amy Tan describes the numerous attempts that her overly ambitious Chinese mother made to propel her to stardom. Those attempts repeatedly despite the high expectations of her mother. Efforts to make her beautiful failed; instead of getting big curls, she came out with an uneven mass of crinkly black fuzz. Another effort to make her memory sharper also fails. She could remember just a few parts of a biblical passage. She cries and sees herself as ugly. In “Everyday Use”, Maggie usually stands hopelessly in corners, homely and ashamed of the burn scars down her arms and legs, glancing at her sister, Dee, with a mixture of envy and awe. In each story there is a moment of ambition. In “Two Kinds”, the mother watches stars on T.V like Shirley Temple and tries all she could, to let her reserved daughter be like her. The mother contracts with a beauty training school to transform her daughter to resemble a star she had seen on T.V. The mother in her continuous quest to make a genius of her daughter put her through a series of mental and physical tests. In ‘Everyday Use’ the mother dreams of a day when her daughter Dee would become a public figure and she, the mother, would appear on T.V with her in order to showcase her love for the daughter for all and sundry to see. In each story, there is rebellion. In “Two Kinds”, Jing-mei rebels against her mother’s attempts to change her. She no longer wants her mother to make decisions for her. She tells her mother that she will never be the kind of daughter that her mother expects her to be. In “Everyday Use”, Wangero insisted on taking the quilt that her mother had reserved for her sister Maggie. No amount of persuasion from the mother would stop Wangero from having the quilts. She tries to justify her actions by saying Maggie would not appreciate the quilts and that she would be backward enough to put them to everyday use. All these sayings from Dee (Wangero) clearly point out how disobedient she was becoming to the mother. It took the intervention of Maggie to resolve this matter. In each story, the characters resort to things they did not like initially. In “Two Kinds”, the daughter of the Chinese mother, who...
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