Two Kinds by Amy Tan Feature Menu Introducing the Story Literary Focus: Conflict and Motivation Reading Skills: Making Inferences About Motivation Two Kinds by Amy Tan
Two Kinds Introducing the Story . . . the aspiring immigrant . . . is not content to progress alone. Solitary success is imperfect success in his eyes. He must take his family with him as he rises. Mary Antin, 1912 Two Kinds Introducing the Story The mother in Two Kinds is a Chinese immigrant who sees promise in all that America has to offer.
She pushes her daughter Jing-mei to become a prodigy. What will happen when Jing-mei pushes back? What events helped shape the character of Jing-meis mother? Click here to find out. [End of Section] Two Kinds Literary Focus: Conflict and Motivation
Conflict is the struggle between opposing characters, forces, or emotions. external conflictclash between a character and some outside force (another character, society, nature, a situation) internal conflictstruggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a character An external conflict can often lead to an internal one, and vice versa. Two Kinds Literary Focus: Conflict and Motivation
Motivationthe reasons characters behave as they do. Literary characters, like real-life people, are motivated by their wants and needs. They make choices and behave in a certain way in order to get what they want. Two Kinds Literary Focus: Conflict and Motivation Conflict and motivation are closely tied. If characters werent motivated to fulfill certain wishes or desires, there would be no conflict.
Character is motivated to get something he or she wants. Something or someone gets in the way. Conflict
Two Kinds Literary Focus: Conflict and Motivation The mother and daughter in Two Kinds are strongly motivated to influence each other. Mother wants . . . her daughter to excel so the mother can feel proud and brag to her friends. Daughter wants . . . to be allowed to be
ordinary and still have her mothers approval. Conflict clash of wills [End of Section] Two Kinds Reading Skills: Making Inferences About Motivation To understand a characters motivation, you must make inferences, or intelligent guesses. Base your inferences on clues from the text as well
as on your own life experience. Clues from Text the characters words and actions how others react to the character Prior Experience experiences with people knowledge of how stories work Inferences About Motivation Two Kinds
Reading Skills: Making Inferences About Motivation As you read Two Kinds, pay attention to the mothers words and actions Jing-meis words and actions how the two react to one another Use your powers of inference to determine what motivates each of these characters. [End of Section]
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