This study guide will help you analyze the text “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.
Presentation of the text
Title: “Two Kinds”
Author: Amy Tan
Published in: “The Joy Luck Club” (novel)
Date of Publication: 1989
Genre: Short Story/Novel extract
Amy Tan (b. 1952) is an American writer. She is mostly famous for her novel called “The Joy Luck Club”, in which she explores the relationships between Chinese mothers and daughters, focusing on the way daughters struggle between American and Chinese identity.