For Writing Exercise 3, you will begin exploring a comparative analysis of two writers from the course. This may be the next step toward your Final Essay, where you will work on an extended comparative analysis of two of our writers.
In our discussions over the past few weeks, we have looked at a variety of writers side by side: Lu and Kushi, Borges and Nabokov, García Márquez and Lispector. This has facilitated some thinking about how the writers relate to each other. For this exercise, we will take it a bit further.
1. Choose two writers to work with from the course. You should choose at least one writer from the Realist, Modernist, or Postmodernist periods. (The other writer can be from earlier in the course if you like.)
2. Identify and explore something that connects them together. Do they both use language, structure, or narration in an interesting way? Do you see parallels or counterparts in their characters? Do their stories deal with similar or complementary themes? What makes you want to read these works side by side?
3. Discuss how this connection might evolve into an essay. (Feel free to consult the Final Essay assignment guide for reference).
4. Think about moving this in the direction of an interpretive thesis: will you be able to offer one central claim that ties your observations and interpretations together? How will you, as a unique individual reader, bring something original to the discussion of these two works? You may not have your thesis yet, but this assignment should help you move in that direction, so I want to see evidence of your work toward that.
Write 500-700 Words (include word count at the end of the document)
Use MLA formatting for the entire document, including headings, page numbers, in-text quotations, and a list of works cited. See the MLA guide or The OWL for assistance, or ask me if you need help.
Include specific textual evidence (quotations), properly cited
In this essay I have compared the connection between two writers that is Lu and Kushi in terms of how they have been able to use language, structure and narration in a very interesting way. Moreover, I have evaluated the parallelism and counterparts that exist in the character of these two writers. I have also evaluated the themes that have been evolved in their stories identifying any similarities and divergence between them (Kushi 20).
To begin with, both Lu and Kushi have been in a position to bring out their ideas in a simple way by using language that every reader of their stories is able to understand. In several instances, the writers have used symbols to present various ideas they wish the readers of their stories to understand. The stories have been formulated in a structure that allows the reader to have a flow of whatever he or she reads from the story. Development of their stories have been organized in a way in which one event paves the way for the other (Kushi 37). Therefore the reader is able to easily comprehend whatever idea the writer is communicating in the story. Despite the fact Lu and Kushi are based on Realism and modernism, both writers developed similar and complementary themes based on the modern way of life and the things that affect people’s life. Therefore, Lu and Kushi’s stories mainly address the changes that occur in modern day life and the effects posed by such occurrences.
There are some similarities in the stories by Lu and Kushi in that there are some ideas evident in the stories of the two writers. Moreover, both stories have been based on real and modern events that occurs in the contemporary world making them interesting for people to read. The themes that have been addressed in the stories entails what affects the daily lives of people and therefore, most people have developed an interest to read the stories as they gather ideas and knowledge of how they can handle various situations. The wide range of ideas Lu and Kushi have addressed in their stories makes me want to read as I explore and uncover much knowledge and information from their ideas. The use of figurative language that is easy to understand is also one of the things that makes me want to read the stories by Lu and Kushi side by side.
From the stories that Lu and Kushi have presented to their leaders, there is both parallelism in the themes addressed in the stories, the structure of their stories and the use of language to communicate their ideas to their readers. From my view, I observed that Lu and Kushi have based their stories on the contemporary world occurrences that we face making their stories more appealing and educative to people who read them. Additionally, there is similarity in some themes that have been developed in the stories.
Based on my understanding on the works of Lu and Kushi, I as a unique reader can bring something original to the discussion of the two works by first reading the two works and identifying the similarities and differences in the two works. I will then combine the ideas each writer has been able to develop and combine them so as to present as my own idea. Reading the two works side by side will also play a significant part while I am representing the two works as something original during a discussion.
Kushi, Gabriele. Embracing Menopause Naturally: Stories, Portraits, and Recipes. Square One Publishers, Inc., 2006.