Parent-child conflict

             Conflict between parents and their children is all too common. Many of times I felt like my parent s did not understand me. In every generation there are every day struggles between parent and child. Sometimes the parents are accused of pushing their children too far and expecting too much, and the child is accused of not trying or of being stubborn. Who is right? Of course from a child’s point of view, he/she is right. Now that I am older I know that my parent’s just wanted the best for me and never wanted me to settle for less. Amy Tan’s, “Two Kinds” and Flannery O’Connor’s, “Everything That Rises Must Converge” does a great job depicting the parent-child conflict.
             In Amy Tan’s, “Two Kinds”, conflict is present between the mother and daughter throughout the entire story. “My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America. My mother thought I could be a Chinese Shirley Temple.” This is how the narrator (the daughter) begins the story. Everyday the mother had some new talent or hairstyle that she wanted the daughter to try. This got so frustrating for the young girl. She felt as if her mother wanted her to be someone else. “Why don’t you like me the way I am?” she screamed at her mother one day when learning the news that she would be taking piano lessons from Mr. Chong who lived downstairs on the first floor. Mr. Chong retired from teaching piano after he became deaf; however, he exchanged lessons for housecleaning services from the mother. The narrator never tried when she practiced. If she made a mistake she would not correct it. At a local talent show, she embarrassed herself and her parents when she played a whole song completely wrong. Even then, the mother would not give up on her child. She still insisted the girl play, but she refused. As she grew older, her mother lost faith in her. She did not become the class president in high school and she

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