“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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