““Two Kinds”” by Amy Tan
Group Members: Jeremiah Baldwin, Elijah Mitchell, and Nathaniel Reyes
Jeremiah: (Passes out schedules)
Jeremiah: (Holds up poster)
Nathan: (Plays ukulele in background)
Jeremiah: “Two Kinds” by Jeremiah Baldwin, Elijah Mitchell and Nathaniel Reyes. Author: Amy Tan. Jing-Mei Woo's mother arrives in the United States in 1949 after losing her entire family including her first husband, their infant twin daughters, and her parents. Elijah: Once she settles in America, she never looks back. She believes that if you live in America, you can do and be anything you want. Jeremiah: She wants and pressures her daughter to become a child prodigy, but her daughter wants to be herself. Then towards the end the daughter realizes she could’ve been a prodigy if she worked harder and believed in herself. Elijah: The setting of “Two Kinds” is in the United States (San Francisco) during the time period 1950-1970. The setting of this short story plays major impact on the plot, because the mother believes anything is possible in America. Jeremiah: The protagonist of the story is Jing-Mei Woo, and the antagonist is Jing-Mei Woo’s mother. Since “Two Kinds” is told in first-person point of view by Jing-Mei, we seem to understand and sympathize with her frustration and anger more than we do the mother’s expectations and hope for her daughter and family. Elijah: It is easy for us to understand the Americanized Jing-Mei wanting to be able to choose her own future. However, because we are learning all of the information from her, we never truly understand why the mother is pushing her daughter so hard to be something she clearly does not want to be. Jeremiah: The point of view is Character vs. Character Jing-Mei’s mother wants her daughter to be a child prodigy but she is not. Jing-Mei wants to please her mother, but also wants to be herself. This type of conflict would make this story also a Character vs. Self Elijah: “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan...
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