This is what one learns from Amy’s wonderful story. Therefore, “Two Kinds” provides an opportunity to the readers, particularly to all mothers, to undertake a critical evaluation of all the issues involved in the relationships between a mother and her daughter. This paper is an attempt to examine Amy Tan’s story in the light of the several conflicts in it, which shattered a mother’s maternal hopes to see her child becoming a musical prodigy.
Mrs. Woo, a Chinese immigrant mother, settles in San Francisco with her young daughter. She is sincere and hard working. With the sole desire to see that her daughter comes up in her life, the mother scrapes and cleans many nearby houses. She also brings magazines and watches television to discover a role model for the child. A child actress named Shirley seems to be the right choice for her. But it does not click. Next, she tries to enrich her child’s knowledge. That also fails. "Why dont you like me the way I am?” questions the daughter (p.1). Finally, she thinks that her daughter is instinctively good to become a pianist. Therefore, she is sent to learn music under the tutorship of a deaf and blind piano teacher, an old man. The mother is now very sure that the child will become a musical prodigy. She learns the basic lessons in music. But the old tutor is not aware that the child has no enthusiasm to pick up music. It is this simple reality which is symbolically developed into a story by the writer to highlight the truth that no one can be forced to become a prodigy. The story also unravels the inner conflicting motives of the characters, which can never find a meeting place. The child is so adamant. She says, “And then I decided, I didnt have to do what mother said anymore. I wasnt her slave”(p.3). In short, the issues involved in the story are of universal interest.
The first and foremost issue is that unless one has the ...Show more