compare and contrast between rose that grew from concrete by shakur and caged bird by angelou.
Choose one of the following three topic ideas, or create one of your own.
1. VOICE is the distinctive style or manner of the narrator. In literature, voice communicates the writer’s intensity.
Compare and contrast the voice of two pieces that we have read. Consider in what ways differing narrative voice affects the way that the reader understands the story and whether or not the voice is effective. As an example, Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing” begins in first person;however, he primarily recounts the American experience as one where he is observing others in their daily lives. Hughes begins in first person and continues to narrates an observation of experiences that remains in first person and become more and more personal. The voices used most frequently in our readings are:
First person: writer relates events from own point of view using “I” “me”
Third person objective: writer tells story as if he or she is watching others and is not a part of the story
Third person subjective: writer tells story from the point of view of one of the characters.
2. THEME is the central topic of a text. It might be a single idea or might take. See “Tips on Themes” attachment for suggestions to identify thematic elements.
Compare and contrast the themes in two stories. For example, consider how the woman’s role in society is highlighted in “The Story of an Hour” and “The Yellow Wallpaper,” how life choices are examined in Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “The Road Less Traveled, perspective and human behavior are explored in Shakur’s “The Rose that Grew from Concrete” and Angelou’s “Caged Bird.” You might also choose to compare and contrast the presentation of Americas as noted in Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing,” Hughes’s “I Sing America,” or Alvarez’s “I too Sing America.”
Compare and contrast two characters. The characters may be in the same work, such the spouses Shukumar and Shoba in “A Temporary Matter” or they may be characters in separate readings, such as Melville’s Bartleby and Robinson’s Richard Cory.