Parent-child conflict

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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 Continue...

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Chong who lived downstairs on the first floor. He thought the whole situation was funny and served her right. Julian said that he would have liked it better if she were selfish or was a drunk hag that screamed at him all of the time. He finally realized, like the little girl in Amy Tan's story, that mother knows best. While on the bus, Julian's mother smiled and played with a young black boy. They always argued about everything, especially the issue of integration. After her thirtieth birthday her mother passed away and left her the piano. In Flannery O'Connor's "Everything That Rises Must Converge, Julian is very repulsed by his mother. At a local talent show, she embarrassed herself and her parents when she played a whole song completely wrong. As they got off of the bus she reached into her purse and gave the boy a nickel. Julian tried to persuade her not to do it for it would be insulting to the child's mother. We can not fully appreciate our parents until we become parents ourselves or until a tragedy happens.


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