The short story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan is a modernist text. One of the elements which identifies it as modernist is the focus on the individual, instead of on society as a whole. The story is centered around Jing-mei, her thoughts and feelings, her conflict with her mother as a child, and her growth as a character.
The shift in perspective and the theme of transformation and development is another modernist element. The main character gains maturity and changes throughout the course of the story, despite her initial reluctance to do so. The main character’s transformation is conveyed through symbols such as the piano and the two musical pieces.
Works with the same theme
The short story “Where the Gods Fly” by Jean Kwok also foc...