Rise and Fall of an Inner Prodigy1

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Rise and Fall of an Inner Prodigy An “angry and powerful” girl glares back at Jing-Mei in the bathroom mirror (Tan 1066). The girl is her newly discovered prodigy: a force that comes from within that could potentially empower her to unlimited heights of personal growth and success. Unfortunately, Jing-Mei, the daughter in Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds”, only allows her will to manifest into a weapon of “won’ts” to lash out at her mother …

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…and success. She does not realize that a lifetime of actions based on disappointing her mother hurt her much more than her mother; in the end, only proving herself wrong. Bibliography Works Cited Marlowe, Christopher. “Come Live With Me and be My Love.” Literature for Composition. 5th eds. Ed. Sylvan Barnet, et al. New York: Longman, 2000. 1065-1072. Rossetti, Christina. “A Birthday.” Literature for Composition. 5th eds. Ed. Sylvan Barnet, et al. New York: Longman, 2000. 1065-1072.