Amy Tan uses irony to make Jing-Mei’s crisis more intriguing. In addition to this, characterization makes the story more believable by adding depth to Jing-Mei and her problems. One may argue that there aren’t very many characters in “Two Kinds,” but these characters are described vividly.

Amy Tan used rhetorical devices such as anecdote and oxymoron to express her embarrassed and guilt, but loving attitude toward the broken English language of her mother. Amy Tan has used a combination of rhetorcial devices to express her emotions and feelings through words.


In ‘Two Kinds’, a short story by Amy Tan, Suyuan, a Chinese immigrant with a painful past, and June, her Asian-American daughter, are locked in a battle for control. Suyuan longs to turn June into a piano prodigy, even bartering with Mr. Chong for piano lessons


Literary devices are specific techniques that allow a writer to convey a deeper meaning that goes beyond what’s on the page. Literary devices work alongside plot and characters to elevate a story and prompt reflection on life, society, and what it means to be human