Expectations Of Authority Figures In "Two Kinds" And "Girl"



A person spends most of their developing years under the guidance
of their parents or guardians. They affect how we think, how we feel,
and how we act. These are among the people who hold the greatest influence.
Amy Tan's "Two Kinds" and Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" both deal with the
relationship between a young girl and the guiding force in her life. Amy
Tan tells of a mother's expectation for her daughter to be a child prodigy.
Jamaica Kincaid tells of an unknown person describing to a girl how to be
a "good" girl. Both essays illustrate an authority figure that has
expectations for a young female and why and how those expectations will
come about.

As young children growing up ...

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an untapped wealth of useless information,
and piano-playing skills like no other. In "Girl", the expectations are
much lower, but just as stringent. The girl is expected to do a myriad of
chores and to become a "lady". She is advised on how she should act and
how she can avoid being a "slut".

In "Two Kinds", the mother has high hopes; she believes a person
can be anything they want in America and she wants a daughter who excels
in some area. All of the mother's hopes lay on the daughter. Her hopes
are bolstered by stories about remarkable children with incredible talents.
If they can succeed are such a young age, surely her child can as well.
The mother wants her daughter to be the best she can be, but she has
unrealistic expectations. The girl in Jamaica Kincaid's essays is not
being held to such high hopes and dreams. The expectations placed on her
are not as high, but are equally unforgiving. Her authority figure wants
her to be the perfect "traditional" ...

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