In the story, Two Kinds, by Amy Tan, the main theme is the relationship between mothers and daughters. The theme is shown throughout the story. In the story, Jing-Mei is pushed by her mother to become a prodigy, because her mother believes that in America anything can happen. Jing-Mei refuses to try anything her mother makes her try. After a talent show, where she played her piano horribly in front of the whole town, her mother seemed to give up hope. This angered Jing-Mei, she liked the fights because she got a lot of anger out during them. Even though she did very badly at the talent show, her mother makes her continue the piano lessons. She still refused to try. After her mother died, when Jing-Mei was 30 years old, she looked at the piano again. It was like a badge of honor to her because of how much went into the piano. As she was looking at the piano, she saw the book of songs she studied from. One page had a mark in it, she turned to that page, and on the page were two songs. One song was called Pleading Child, the song which she played at the talent show, the other was Perfectly Contented. She sat down on the bench and started playing the songs. As she played them, she realized that they were two halves of a whole song, she also realizes how easily she is playing the songs, and then she remembers her mother and how much she loves and misses her.