Two Kinds

Her præsenterer vi vores study guide til romanuddraget “Two Kinds” af Amy Tan. Vi giver dig overblik over indhold og opbyning, personkarakteristik og fortæller, temaer og sprogbrug. 

Præsentation af teksten

Titel: “Two Kinds”
Forfatter: Amy Tan
Udgivet i: The Joy Luck Club (roman)
Udgivelsesår: 1989
Genre: Romanuddrag

Amy Tan (f. 1952) er en amerikansk forfatter, som er bedst kendt for romanen The Joy Luck Club, hvori hun udforsker forholdet mellem kinesiske mødre og deres døtre, som kæmper med deres amerikanske og kinesiske identitet. “Two Kinds” er et uddrag fra ovenfor nævnte roman.

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Title

The title of the short story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan is a reference to Jing-mei’s mother’s perception on how her daughter should be: “ ‘Only two kinds of daughters’, she shouted in Chinese. ‘Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind! Only one kind of daughter can live in this house. Obedient daughter!’ ” (p. 7, ll. 19-23). We also understand that Jing-mei’s mother has no wish to compromise and will only accept her idea of who Jing-mei is supposed to be.

The title also suggests Jing-mei’s conflict between meeting her mother’s expectations and ignoring her mother’s instructions: “ ‘You want me to be something I’m not!’ I sobbed. ‘I’ll never be the kind of daughter you want me to be!’ “ (p. 7, ll. 18-19). However, the final scene of the story suggests that the two “kinds” are actually part of the same “whole”: a now mature Jing-mei. Her realization that the two piano pieces are two halves of the same whole also points to her acceptance of everything she has struggled with so far. It also highlights her acknowledgement that she cannot achieve being “perfectly content” without first passing through the stage of the “pleading child”.

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