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Two Kinds, a short story by Tan, and Under Pressure, a story by Honore both explore the issue of undue expectations people have on other children, in this case a mother to her child. The prevailing theme in both of these extrac

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Paper One - Section B Tokumasa Shu Revised Draft Original: February 28, 2012 Final: March 25, 2012 "Social Policy must adapt to a world in which everybody is different," Ridley wrote in his book "Nature Versus Nuture." Ridley believes that everyone is different; some are naturally smart, while some lack intelligence - yet people should take such individuals for whom they are and not force everyone to be the "perfect person," as our current society dogma. "Two Kinds," a short story by Tan, and "Under Pressure," a story by Honore both explore the issue of undue expectations people have on other children, in this case a mother to her child. The prevailing theme in both of these extracts is of the parent's vexation when the child cannot perform to her standard, and the child's reaction to their parent's feelings. In essence, both these texts explore the effects of parental pressure for the children to succeed, and their effects on their children. However, the extracts differ in that their purpose and context are rather disparate. "Two Kinds" is a story set in the modern age; we know this because it is stated that Tan published this book in 1989. Hence, her audience is rather contemporary compared to the "story-within-a-book" set by "Under Pressure" by Honore, in which the protagonist, Thrale expresses to her audience the frustrations she encounters with her prodigy. ...read more.


Thus, we can see from the text that Honore has a detached, neutral tone to his writing. He makes many knowledge claims; one being "We have to cherish children for who they are instead of for what we want them to be." It is evident from both of the quotes that even though Tan and Honore have very different tones within their speech; they both carry the same theme; that over-parenting causes trauma to the children; and that children should be appreciated for who they are currently, and not their potential performance later In life. The narration and structure within both of the texts vary; from Tan's personal viewpoint to Honore's third person viewpoint. Tan places herself within the protagonist of that girl who always attempts to make her mother happy. We can note from the passage that the family is not moneyed; Tan notes within her passage, "And since she cleaned many houses each week, we had a great assortment" that the mother is working many hours by being a house-cleaner to boost the finances. We later see the girl's repeated attempts to please her mother; for example, when her mom quizzed her on the world's capitals, the girl guessed "Nairobi! ... saying the most foreign word I could think of." When her mom was disappointed with the turnout, the girl effectively started to cry and lose confidence in herself and her mom's expectations. ...read more.


(Paraphrased) Honore decides to write various things Queeney can do to paint pictures in the reader's mind of the most various items, such as the seas, solar system, and religious text. The reader should note that even though both authors use their words and images to different effects within the story, the general message shines through clearly that parents use their children too much to achieve what the parent wants, not what the child wants. Tan and Honore both had the same purpose; merely their approach to it was very different. Tan used imagery, tone, and personal feelings to her advantage; she wanted to appeal to the reader using what the girl in the story felt. Honore decided in his approach to start with a true story, present the findings, and dissect the results and discuss about it. He presented his work in a factual, straight-about method; and decided to appeal to the audience with supported evidence regarding parenting. In these aspects Tan and Honore differed. Honore wanted his argument to pose as a warning to parents on how they raise their children; Tan merely wanted with this text to showcase in an personal, first person fashion what her childhood was like. Yet, the clear thematic message shines through; they both in their texts attempted to demonstrate examples that the children were being rather "exploited" to their parent's wishes and dreams instead of their own interests and beliefs, and how the children reacted to such treatment. ...read more.

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