Narrator and point of view

The story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan is told from the point of view of a first-person narrator, who is also the main character. 

The story is told from the point of view of the narrator’s adult self, who reflects on her own experiences as a child. This suggests a deeper understanding of things than she could have had as a child:

So maybe I never really gave myself a fair chance. I did pick up the basics pretty quickly, and I might have become a good pianist at the young age. But I was so determined not to try, not to be anybody different, and I learned to play only the most ear-splitting preludes, the most discordant hymns. (p. 4, ll. 40-44).

This suggests that the narrator thinks about the actions she undertook as a child, from the perspective of an adult. Also, the narrator recognizes that her child self was biased, and the narrative reflects that. The way her impression of the events has changed since then is illustrated by the use of the verb “seems”, for instance: “And then I saw what seemed to...

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