Literary Devices Found in Two Kinds

Pyetra Viapiana August 23, 2012

Setting

The setting in the"Two Kinds" takes place in Chinatown, San Fransico
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Characters

Characters

In this short story characters were Ni kan and her mother. Her mother had high expectatons for for daughter to be a prodigy.
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Plot

Exposition: In the beginng of the story it explains how Ni kan mother believe that you could be anything you wanted to be her in America> Her mother wanted her to be a prodigy and famous like the child star Shirley Temple. As you read on you can tell the mother starts to go a little to far with becoming famous. Rising Action: Ni kan mother goes to far with her child trying to be famous. She startes testing her daughter so she can know everything. She puts her into beauty school and even cuts Ni kan hair to be like Shirley Temple. Her mother watches alot children on tv that have talents like singing, danceing, playing the piano, and many other things. She ends of putting Ni kan in piano lessons with a deaf teacher named Mr. Chong.Climax: The climax of the story is when Ni kan has the talent show and shes gonig to playing the piano. Her mom invistes the family and friends to come see her. Ni kan feels confident to play in the concert . When she gets up there she feels really good until she hits the first wrong note. THen she messes up the whole song. At the end nobody hardly clapped for her and her mother was her dissapointed. Falling action: Ni kan mother still makes her go to piano lessons and they got into a fight because Ni kan doesnt want to go. She thought that the talent show was the end of it.Resolution: Years pass and Ni kan ends up dropping out of college and never even ended up being famous. her mother passed away and the piano still lives at her parents house and her mother wanted to give it to her at a present. 
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Internal Conflict And External Conflict

Internal: Ni kan gets put down alot because she fails alot at what her mother makes her do. She just wants to be heself and her mother doesn't except that.External: Ni kan and her mother fight alot and her mother doesn't give up with her daighter. Ni kan doesn't want to fdo anything her mother wants her too.
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Theme:

Ni kan mother wants her to be famous and Ni kan doesn't like the presure to be wants shes not.she always gets pushed at things she doesn't want to be.

Symbolisim:

Ni kan piano was the mian symbol of the story. It was like a trophy. it reminded her of what she has been through.