Literary Devices Found in Two Kinds
By: Brooke Hilliard August, 24, 2012
The setting of this story takes place in San Francisco's Chinatown.
Jing-mei mother, who was a controlling mother who always compared Jing-mei to prodigy's. Jing-mei, who was a nine year old girl who was constantly trying to be herself. And Old Chong, who was an old, deaf, retired piano teacher.
In the story, Jing-mei's mother was always pushing her to become someone she wasn't. The exposition of the story begins with Jing-mei describing how her mother felt about America. Her mother believed that you could be anything if you lived in America. The rising action of the story is when her mother goes too far in trying to push her to be a child prodigy. The climax of this story is when Jing-mei screws up her preformance playing the piano. After the preformance, her mother is dissapointed and doesn't talk to her. When her mother comes in one day and tries to get Jing-mei to go to piano practice, she decides she's not going to have it, and she brings up her mother's dead babies. The resolution of the story is when Jing-mei's mother gives her the piano for her birthday.
The internal conflict of this story is when Jing-mei gets confused. She doesn't know rather to be her own person, or to live up to her mother's expectations.
The external conflict in this story is when Jing-mei gets upset with her mother, who is always trying to turn Jing-mei into a child prodigy. Jing-mei never wants to listen.
One theme in the story is the relationship Jing-mei and her mother share. Her mother had always tried to turn her daughter into a child prodigy. Jing-mei just wanted to make her mother proud of her, but never felt like she was good enough or could live up to her mother's expectations, which made their relationship difficult.
The piano represents the main symbol of this story.
In this scene, Jing-mei is angry, dissapointed, and fed up with herself. She then begins to scratch the face in the mirror. She then realizes that this is the prodigy side of her, because she had never seen that side of herself before. This relates to the title by what Jing-mei sees in the mirror, a different kind of person.
Mother vs. Daughter
The relationship went wrong between Jing-mei and her mother, because her mother was always trying to push Jing-mei to become someone she was not.
Because of her mother's past, Jing-mei's mother wanted Amy to believe that she could become anything that she wanted to be, but Jing-mei wasn't pushing herself. Her mother wanted to see her daughter become something big, something that she was not able to see with her dead babies.