Only Two Kinds of Daughters Exist!

“Only two kinds of daughters exist!” Jing Mei’s mother shouted. Jing Mei is the main protagonist of “Two Kinds”, written by Amy Tan. Jing Mei is rebelling character thought by the mother yet a cynical character. This is because the mother demands Jing Mei to be someone what she does not want to be herself.Firstly, Jing Mei is cynical. Definition of a cynic is “person who believes that people are purely motivated by their selfishness”, according to dictionary.com. It is evident that Jing Mei, the narrator, is cynical: “Why don’t you like me the way I am?… I won’t be what I am not” (Tan 2-3). It illustrates that Jing Mei does not want others ordering what they want her to be. In this case, her mother is trying to make her a genius in anything. Jing Mei thinks that her mother is trying to make her a genius because the mother was eager for fame. This concludes the belief of Jing Mei that her mother’s actions of trying to make her a genius is motivated by her selfishness. Additionally, the mother thinks that Jing Mei is rebelling. Seeing the rebelling Jing Mei, the mother claimed, “’Only two kinds of daughter exist. Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind’” (7). As the mother insists Jing Mei to be a prodigy, Jing Mei rebels against the mother, showing being a genius is not what she wanted to be. Reacting to this, the mother claims that Jing Mei is not obedient, but rebelling. Jing Mei is being rebellious because she is going against the mother who is insisting Jing Mei the opposite of what she wants. Therefore, the mother sees Jing Mei as a rebelling character.  Similar to Jing Mei, I am also rebelling. Rebelling means that I stand up against what is not right and what I do not want to be. For example, when playing a video game, some of my peers encourage me to hack or use money to buy certain items. But since I do not want to be a hacker or use money on a game, I do not listen to my peers when they try to make me do certain things that I do not want to. Therefore, similar to Jing Mei, I am also rebelling. In conclusion, Jing Mei a rebelling yet a cynical character in the book, “Two Kinds”, written by Amy Tan.

 

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Found Conflict

My found poem was taken from a short story “The Man, the Bass and Sheila Mant” written by W.D. Wetherell. The poem illustrates the man versus nature conflict between the narrator, the protagonistand the bass, the antagonist. The words of my poem were taken out from page one through four. In the climax of the story, this conflict shows the narrator’s tough decision to cut the fishing rope because the narrator was eager to impress Shelia Mant. This shows the narrator had chosen love over his true passion, which is fishing for the reason that Shelia, his love, alleged that fishing was dumb. He gave up his true passion for a fake love.