Compare two stories that portray characters experiencing social pressure.

Comparison essay

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This is a Comparison essay of the two stories attached. There is no external research needed. It is based on topic 5 for the essay. Please see attached documents. and the topic below:
Some our stories show characters who are exceedingly concerned about what other people think of them. Even if there are good reasons for the social pressure, should succumbing to what those around you think elicit sympathy or scepticism? Compare two
stories that portray characters experiencing social pressure.

 

Contemporary Narrative AHSS2030 Fall 2018

Essay 1  Short Stories

Length: 1500 words

Format: Submit in PDF format

 

  1. Some of our stories focus on how different some identity groups are from one another, Compare two stories that portray people as able/unable to understand one another if they aren’t alike.

 

  1. A few of our stories suggest that there are universal experiences that all people face, no matter their backgrounds or identity categories. Compare two stories that show universal human experiences, and consider whether these experiences are shown as similar or different.

 

  1. Several stories play with perspective by telling the story through the eyes of an unexpected character (e.g. uncomprehending child, weak person, guilty person). Analyze how two stories surprise in this way, and what effects that perspective has on meaning in each story.

 

  1. The theme of reality as problematic appears in some of our stories, whether it is reality as something difficult to perceive or something difficult to escape. Is truth the product of our perceptions, as in we all have our own truths? Or, was writer Flannery O’Connor right when she claimed that “the truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it”. Analyze two stories according to their representation of reality, and take a position on which you find more convincing.

 

  1. Some our stories show characters who are exceedingly concerned about what other people think of them. Even if there are good reasons for the social pressure, should succumbing to what those around you think elicit sympathy or scepticism? Compare two stories that portray characters experiencing social pressure.

 

  1. Several of our stories depict the deaths of characters around them. Considering that all humans die, how does the portrayal of death in two of our stories contribute to our understanding of it?

 

  1. The ending of a short story usually packs some sort of surprise or reversal. Compare the endings of two stories, and analyse how the endings seem similar or different.

 

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