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About Amy Tan & Joy Luck Club
? The Joy Luck Club is Amy Tan's first and most successful novel ? About the lives of four Chinese women in pre-1949 China and their American-born daughters in California ? “Two kinds”, which is taken from it, is about the story of one of mothers and daughters: Suyuan Woo(吴夙愿) and Jing-mei(精美)

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“Pleading child” was shorter but slower; “perfectly contented” was longer, but faster. And after I played them both few times, I realized they were two halves of the same song.

pleading child

? Why did the Jingmei think she is a pleading child before? When she was a child, she only saw one side and couldn’t understand her mother, regarding her mother’s hope as tormenting pressure and regard herself as pleading child.

pleading child

why the mother placed extraordinarily high hopes on the daughter?
? First,she believed one could be anything one wanted to be in America.Whether she was aware of it or not,she was influenced by and believed in the "American Dream". ? Secondly,she was competing with her best friend Lindo, who had a smart daughter. ? Thirdly,she had lost everything in China and had come to America with the determination to make things better.She was transferring her own hopes to her daughter.

pleading child

Conflict between mother and daughter ? Daughter: ?Mother:
? a Chinese Shirley Temple ? excited ? losing interest ? to be a prodigy ? disliked and being angry ? to make the girl take piano lessons ? performance in the talent ? bad performance show, high expectation ? the most fierce quarrel ? being disobedient & ? giving up hope rebellious ? be herself

pleading child
Only two kinds of daughters

These words clearly reveal the mother's firm belief in parental authority.Her traditional Chinese views convinced her that daughters should listen to and obey their mothers' commands.She was aware that American daughters were not obedient.She wanted her daughter to have a Chinese character in the American circumstances.

pleading child

? love and hostility ? expectations and disappointments ? conflicts and reconciliation

A Bittersweet Relationship

? Why did the daughter feel proud and see the piano as a trophy she had won back?
? The piano had become a symbol. When she was forced to learn to play it,it was a symbol of her misery and her mother's dreams. When her mother offered it to her for her thirtieth birthday ,the offer meant forgiveness and reconciliation. Now she heard her mother praising her. Her mother's appreciation was like a trophy that she had won at long last.

Perfectly contented

?What is the epiphany of Jingmei?
Now as she realized how her mother loved and appreciated her, she felt perfectly contented. She also discover that her mothers is “in her bones”, and that heritage is not something she can ignore and shake off easily.

Epiphany(顿悟)

A moment of insight, discovery of revelation, by which the character’s view is greatly altered.

Quotes
? A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. --Agatha Christie ? Mothers and daughters are closest, when daughters become mothers. --Author Unknown