In David Mamet’s essay “The Rake: A Few Scenes from My Childhood” and Amy Tan’s story “Jing-Mei Woo: Two Kinds,” the authors describe their personal experiences. The essay and story are based upon the authors’ childhood memories. There are many similarities and differences in Mamet’s and Tan’s works. Both authors describe a childhood conflict; however, Mamet does not resolve his conflict whereas Tan does resolve it.
The conflict between Tan and
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have similar disagreements with their parents. However, the major difference between the two authors is the way they grow out of their childhood conflicts. Mamet does not resolve the conflict with his family with his family whereas Tan makes up with her mother in the end. Whether or not a person settles a conflict is not reliant on the nature of the conflict itself. Resolution depends on the personalities and morals of the people involved.