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.
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Rossetti, Christina. “A Birthday.” Literature for Composition. 5th eds. Ed. Sylvan Barnet, et al. New York: Longman, 2000. 1065-1072.