Mothers and Daughters

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Mariana Berisha
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Dr. Bowen
February 19, 2013
Love and War between Mothers and Daughters

A mother and daughter relationship can be either good or bad, but it’s definitely interesting. People say this kind of bond is unbreakable because of what they shared during pregnancy and birth, but others say this bond doesn’t last for long or maybe never really grew. In this short story “A Pair of Tickets” and poem “Hanging Fire” show a difference in each relationship.
In “A pair of Tickets” the character Jing-mei, is an American Woman on a pilgrimage to China to meet her half-sisters, who were also abandoned by her mother in China during World War II. Jing-mei’s mother hoped to reunite with her daughters, but she had died from a severe heart condition called aneurysm. In the beginning of this short story Jing-mei and her mother have a conversation about how she denies at all being Chinese. Her mother responds with, “Someday you will see”, “It is in your blood, waiting to be let go.”(263) Her mother’s friend saw her twin half-sisters in China and with encouragement from her aunt’s, and carrying out her mother’s dream she decided to make the trip with her father and go back home to China. But Jing-mei is dreading to go back and is afraid that her half-sisters will blame her for their mother’s death. For example, when she was speaking to her aunt about how she couldn’t tell them that her mother was dead through a letter. She explained how she felt as though she is responsible. “They’ll think I’m responsible, that she died because I didn’t appreciate her.”(266) At first when she sees her half-sisters she is startled by how they look so much like her mother, then she realized there really is no resemblance at all. Finally, she notices what makes them look so familiar isn’t there physical features but what lies deep beneath their blood. “I look at their…...

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