Literary Devices Found in Two Kinds

by Nate Penick


San Francisco, California in the China Town distric.


Jing-mei and her parents move to America from Asia to persue the mother's pasion for her daughter to be  prodigy.


Exposition: They move to USA and decide Jing-mei is going to be a prodigy. Rising Action: Jing-mei satrts taking piano lesssions from a deff guy. Climax: She has a recital and does really bad. Resolution: Her and her mother get in a huge fight.

Internal Conflict

Jing-mei has to try her hardest even if she isn't good at somethings.

External Conflict

Jing-mei has a big fight with her mother and it ends with her saying that she had died like her mothers other babies.


One theme is that your parents sometimes make you dp stuff that you don't want to do, but you could bennefit from it.


the piano- It shows when her mother gives it to her that she believes in Jing-mei becoming a piano prodigy.

In the first part of the story there is a scene in which the daughter sees herself in the mirror. What does she see? What thematic significance could this scene have? How does it relate to the title?

She sees failure in the mirror, and it shows that you can have 2 kinds of a life a life with acomplishments or a life with failures.

Two strong-willed characters are pitted against each other in this story. What went wrong in the relationship between mother and daughter?

The mother pushed Jing-mei to try to be a prodigy and didn't ask her if she wanted to be one. Also the mother was always disapointed at Jing-mei.

10.Read carefully the parts dealing with the mother’s earlier life in China. How have her earlier experiences shaped her ambitions for her daughter?

It could make it seem like the other babies failed thier mother by dieing and now that Jing-mei survived she has alot of expectations.