“Because you not trying.” – ‘Two Kinds’

 

“’Just like you … Because you not trying’” (Tan 3). In Amy Tan’s Two Kinds, the narrator is a character who dreams to be a prodigy, but does not put in any effort to achieve it, and she doesn’t respect her mother, unlike me.

The protagonist really wanted to become supreme: “In all my imaginings, I was filled with a sense that I would soon become perfect: My mother and father would adore me  . I would be beyond approach” (1). She day dreams of her being the best, this shows that it is what she wanted the most. Even though she wanted to be a prodigy that bad, the protagonist does not try to be the best she can be. In the rising action, when the protagonist went to piano class, she didn’t pay attention just because her teacher is old and deaf: “If I hit the wrong notes because I hadn’t practiced enough, I never corrected myself” (4). This action proves that the protagonist has no integrity and does not try her best to achieve her dreams.  Also, the protagonist still remains unappreciative even for all the things her mother did for her, “Then I decided, I didn’t have to do anything mother said” (6). Her mother has cleaned other people’s houses for weeks, and she did all that to get her education, she not only is not thankful for her mother’s work, she disrespects and doesn’t listen to her.

Even though me and the protagonist are similar in dreaming to be perfect, I do try and work hard for it. When I play the piano, I’ll concentrate and correct all the mistakes I make. Also, I really respect my mom even if she makes me go to all those classes, because she does it for my good. This is why I am not similar the the protagonist.

7 thoughts on ““Because you not trying.” – ‘Two Kinds’

  1. you are really showing a lot of ideas, and I like how you wrote your paragraph like the format.I like how you explain a lot about the protagonist and her personalities in the protagonist and the some personalities of others, you even compared you to the character which was a nice thing to do.

  2. Your entire essay was clear and easy to understand, you had great evidence to support your claims. I like you using a quote as a hook, it really works out. i would like some more specific examples about how you and the protagonist are diffrent.

  3. I like your way of using quotes and hooks. I got drew into the story after I read the hook, did the author make the mistake on purpose? for what purpose? Your quotes are always for a specific purpose, not thrown in forcefully. This essay is really well written with the entertain quotes.

  4. I think you have done a very good job at making me agree with you, and really catching my attention.

  5. I like how you added 4 quotes to your blog post instead of only using 2 like the required amount in the beginning, and the middle of the post. The part where she is ungrateful to her mother reminds how how in a tv show. this girl’s mother was a maid and she would be ungrateful because her mother was only a maid.

    Did you end up liking the short story?

  6. you are really showing a lot of ideas, and I like how you wrote your paragraph like the format.I like how you explain a lot about the protagonist and her personalities in the protagonist and the some personalities of others, you even compared you to the character which was a nice thing to do. Do you think that being similar to the character is a good thing?

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