Literary Devices

Lindsay McCleary


The story takes place in San Franciscos Chinatown, one of the largest Chinese communities outside of Asia.
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Jing-mei and her mother were the main characters.


Expostion: Jing-meis mother wants her to be famous. Rising Action: Jing-meis mother gives her tests and gets her hair cut to try and make her smart and pretty. when everything fails her mother decides to get her piano lessons and enter her into a talent show. When Jing-mei plays all the notes wrong and does really bad at the talent show her mother is very dissappointed in her. Climax: After doing poorly at the talent show Jing-mei thought that she wouldnt have to play the piano anymore but when her mother tries to make her play it starts a big fight. Jing-mei yells at her mom and brings up past events to hurt her mother so that she would be left alone. Resolution: The mother stops trying to make jing-mei famous. Years later she gives the piano to her daughter as a sign of forgiveness. When the mom dies Jing-mei goes to the house and gets the piano all cleaned and nice.

Internal Conflict

Jing-mei wants to be famous at first and make her mother happy but when her mother starts pushing her to hard and is never happy she starts to not want to be famous,
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External Conflict

Jing-mei and her mother start to fight because her mother is trying to make her famous and is never pleased because Jing-mei isnt talented enough.
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The theme of the story is that your parents are trying to do whats best for you and that you shouldnt rebel against them.
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At the end of the story the piano represents forgiveness and a second chance.
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In the fist 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?

At first she sees an ordinary, sad, ugly girl in the mirror. then she sees the prodigy side of her which was angry and powerful. The thematic significance in this scene is that she sees two people in the mirror; the person she is and the person her and her mom wants her to be. This relates to the title "two kinds" because she sees two different faces in the mirror.
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Two strong-willed characters are pitteed againts eachother in this story. What went wrong in the relationship between mother and daughter?

In the relationship between the mother and daughter the mother wanted Jing-mei to be famous. That made Jing-mei push away from her mother and not want to be famous. This caused a huge fight between them and hurt there relationship.
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How have earlier experiences shaped her ambitions for her daughter?

The mother lost everything in china. She lost her first husband, her mother and father, her home, her two daughters. So when she came to America she thought that you could be anything you wanted to so she wanted Jing-mei to be a prodigy.
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