The Upbringing of a Child

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A Parents Role in a Childs Life

The role of a nurturing parent is essential in the emotional growth of a child. A parent’s role can have a major impact on how the way a child’s thought process far beyond their childhood. In both Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds” and Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing, Both authors write about two different stories that share a universal theme about the relationship between mother and daughter. However, the protagonist and antagonists have different viewpoints on their thinking. Both author’s use of theme, emotional dialogue and plot gives the reader an idea of the mother’s impact on each of their daughters lives.

In “Two Kinds” the author uses strong emotional dialogue between the characters to illustrate the immense pressure she felt growing up trying to live up to her mother’s expectations. In one instance the in the story the mother tells her she has the potential to be a Chinese Shirley Temple. The story takes place in the 1950s and at that time Shirley Temple was the poster child of what every mother in America wanted their kids to be like at the time. Nine year old Jing Mei is experiencing rejection and frustration while growing up. In I Stand Here Ironing the author also uses the mother as a narrator to tell a story of the emotionally distant relationship between her and her daughter. She describes how she was always working and never really had time to spend with her as a result her never really knew her daughter. In the story She states that “Even if I came what good would it do? You think because I am her mother I have a key, or that in some way you can use me as a key?” (Olsen 1221). When she says this she is describing that even though she was the mother due to the fact she was working she was never able to build a solid relationship with her daughter as a result she probably wouldn’t have...
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