"A Pair of Tickets" by Amy Tan
In the story "A Pair of Tickets," by Amy Tan, a woman by the name of Jing-mei struggles with her identity as a Chinese female. Throughout her childhood, she "vigorously denied" (857) that she had any Chinese under her skin. Then her mother dies when Jing-Mei is in her 30's, and only three months after her father receives a letter from her twin daughters, Jing-Mei's half sisters. It is when Jing-mei hears her sisters are alive, that she and her dad take a trip overseas to meet her relatives and finally unites with her sisters. This story focuses on a woman's philosophical struggle to accept her true identity.
The protagonist of the story is Jing-mei. She is a flat character who turns out to be dynamic.
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The reader is able to see this story though Jing-mei's eyes. This point-of-view helps the reader see her actions and feelings in a more personal way, rather then a third person presentation. One can actually understand the internal conflict more clearly. She lets her true identity poke through when she says, "I am in China, I remind myself. And somehow the crowds don't bother me. It feels right. I start pushing too" (860). In this story, there really isn't anything disclosed to us which produces a bigger impact. This point-of-view plays a very crucial role in the stories central idea because allows us a personal view of Jing-mei, and a full understanding of her conflicting sense of identity. The primary setting of the story is in California during the year of 1987. The setting is pretty general, but there is really no need for it to be specific. The setting plays a key role in this story, because she struggles with her Chinese heritage as an American citizen living in the United States. The setting acts as an antagonist because her Chinese heritage causes her to feel out of place in her birthplace. California is the main contributor to the conflict, because there probably wouldn't be a conflict if she was born over in China to begin with.
In this story, the use of language plays an important role in understanding the central idea. You can tell by the diction Jing-mei uses that she was born in America. Although she can