Two Kinds. Short Story by AMY TAN. Plot Summary. Amy’s mom was a person with high expectations. She believed that anybody could do whatever they wanted to. Her mom thought that she was a prodigy. Amy always tried her hardest. Her mom kept pushing her harder and harder.
Short Story by AMY TAN
Amy’s mother pushed her too hard, and after she did terrible at the talent show, she wanted to give up on piano. Her and her mother got in a fight.
Amy’s mother stopped trying to get her to live up to her dream of having a prodigy daughter
Amy’s mother pushes her harder and harder and tests her
Amy’s mother sends her to piano lessons
Amy’s mother offers her the piano many years later, but she refuses
Amy’s mother is a optimistic person
Amy’s mother passes away, and while Amy is restoring the piano she figures out that the song she had tried to play had two parts you had to play at the same time.
Amy’s mother believes that Amy is a prodigy
Point of View
The point of view of Two Kinds is in first person. It is from Amy’s point of view.
Amy is a little Asian girl with short cropped hair. She believes that she can be anybody she wants to be. She is determined to be herself and nothing other. She is very determined not let her mother change her.
Amy’s mother is an older Asian women, she is very determined that she is right all of the time and she is constantly pushing her daughter to be her own little “prodigy”.
Man vs. Man
Amy vs. Her mom
Amy is constantly fighting her mother of the tests she is being given and how her mother expects so much out of her.
Man vs. Self
Amy vs. Amy
Amy is battling with herself about what she is going to do about her mothers expectations
The major theme in this story is individualism. For example, when Amy said, “I won’t let her change me, I promised myself. I won’t be what I’m not.” She is showing how she is herself and will not be changed unless she wants to change herself.
1. “I won’t let her change me, I promised myself. I won’t be what I’m not.”
2. “I also learned I could be lazy and get away with mistakes, lots of mistakes.”
3. Only two kids of daughters, those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind.
Metaphor: “Instead of getting big fat curls, I emerged with an uneven mass of crinkly black fuzz.” Page 90
Personification: “I could sense her anger rising to its breaking point. I wanted to see it spill over.”
Metaphor: “I saw the offer as a sign of forgiveness, a tremendous burden removed.”
The picture to the right represents Amy’s playing the piano. Her mother thought that she could be a great piano player but Amy didn’t think that it was the right thing for her.
The picture to the right is Amy Tan. She is the author of this book but was also the one who was being pressured into being her mothers little “prodigy”
The bottom picture is a picture that represents Amy herself playing the piano. This could be a picture from the scene where Amy is trying to learn how to play the piano.
“ I thought that this book was a very realistic example of the conflicts that occur between a parent and a child. It is well written, but was not a kind of story that would keep my attention for very long” –Paul
“I thought the book was boring and not very interesting, but was very realistic and it portrayed a good example of the back and forth battles between parents and their kids.”-Ashley
“I couldn’t stay interested but I thought it was nice that Amy restored the piano and started playing it again after her mother past away”- Alec
“I thought that the book was boring and I couldn’t stay interested, but it was well written.”- Drew
I didn’t like the story because it was very dull and there wasn’t a lot going on”- Ben