• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. The characters and narrative method of the short story "The bottom line and the ...

    And there was an absurd thing. Avril understood it very clearly, but she was ready to do everything for the sake of love, even to cross her honour, as the only thing the girl desired, was staying forever and together with her sweetheart.

  2. The message of the short story The Bottom Line and the Sharp End by ...

    After Avril's appearance in the sub-pornographic magazine and going with the boy "behind the bicycle sheds" she decides to cut off her hair because she does not want anyone to recognize her.

  1. Symbolism in "Two Kinds". In "Two Kinds", Amy Tan uses symbolism to express ...

    some practice and get use to playing for sometime before being able to play again. Jing-mei, on the other hand, remembers how to play the song and also plays it better than the previous times. Furthermore, although "in the beginning, [Jing-mei] was just as excited as [her] mother" and naively

  2. The stories, The Orphaned Swimming Pool and That Brute Simmons, both explore the theme ...

    They sealed the pool and put warning signs around as around a chained dog so it can never be used again.

  1. "Glass Menagerie" and "The Final Passage". Compare and Contrast ways in which you consider ...

    In The Final Passage Phillips' quotation from T.S Eliot's poem Little Gidding is a key consideration in exploring the theme of escape: "A people without history is not redeemed from time, for history is a pattern of timeless moments". This quotation, according to a Marxist theory of historical materialism, implies

  2. Analysis of "The verger" by William Somerset Maugham. (Text of story in Vietnamese).

    Ngay lúc ấy, ông trông thấy cha sá» bÆ°á»c qua thánh ÄÆ°á»ng, quỳ gá»i trÆ°á»c ban thá» chính, Äoạn bÆ°á»c xuá»ng lá»i Äi giữa hai dãy ghế, nhÆ°ng ông vẫn còn vận chiếc áo choàng hành lá» của ông. “Ông ta vẫn còn quanh quẩn á» Äây Äá» làm cái

  1. The Theme of Responsibility in "Mother Courage" and "Metamorphosis"

    In a single blow the family losses its breadwinner. However Gregor cannot be held responsible for this change. Hence Metamorphosis fulfills a function that sickness could not fulfill. Gregor is treated as a very disgusting insect ?for his father was determined to bombard him. He had filled his pockets from the fruit bowl on the buffet and was now

  2. The poem Two Hands, written by Jon Stallworty, is a piece of writing with ...

    or the potential of working in harmony with the two hands to create something. Another way that it could be understood, would also two hands, of two lovers that hold each other, about two people, therefore, a poem about love and relationship.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work