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by Sindiwe James

The Caribbean region possesses a distinctive history and a fascinating fusion of cultures and languages from the African and European diaspora. Preservation of Caribbean folklore and oral tradition continued to be of great importance to scholars. Based on the principle that we live in a patriarchal society, this research paper examined the following question: How are female characters presented in the folklore of the Caribbean, particularly in Saint Lucia and Jamaica? Using a comparative analysis, data was sourced through primary and secondary research of a qualitative nature. Twenty five participants were interviewed from Saint Lucia and Jamaica. The results of this study indicate that although the general presentation of women in Caribbean folklore is negative, Jamaican folklore illustrates the portrayal of female characters from a more positive perspective than Saint Lucian folklore.

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  • Eunyoung Kim, “Don’t Choose Life: How  Trainspotting, Arcadia , and  Madre e hijo  Share Postmodern Elements Despite Their Specific Local Contexts” (2017).
  • Michelle Klein, “Trauma in Haiti: Violence, Silence, and Spirituality in the Works of Yanick Lahens, Edwidge Danticat, and Marie Vieux-Chauvet” (2016).
  • Echo Weng, “Return to the Realm of Ambiguity: Uncanny and Supernatural Beliefs in  The Temple of the Golden Pavilion” (2016).
  • Rachel Kawasaki, “Tragedy and Comedy as Opposites and Complements in Shakespeare and Molière” (2015).
  • Marie-Camille Negrin, “Imagism and Surrealism: The Literary Avant Garde Challenges Tradition with Technique” (2012).
  • Lisa Oberst, “Oscar Wilde’s use of Ekphrasis in The Picture of Dorian Gray ; A Struggle Against Literal Boundaries to Achieve Artistic Supremacy over Nature” (2012).
  • William Tamplin, “Means of Deception: Iskandari’s Tricks in the Maqamat of Badi‘ al-Zaman al-Hamadhani ” (2012)
  • Adam Díaz, “Lo real maravilloso: Baroque Representations of Latin America in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Alejo Carpenter’s El reino de este mundo ” (2011).
  • Rebecca Gessler, “From Wandering to Writing: Jewish Literature in Mexico and Argentina” (2011).
  • Eleanor Warnock, “Collective Autobiography in Hayashi Fumiko’s Hōrōki and Annie Ernaux’s La Place ” (2011).
  • Anna Melyakova, “Writing Without Borders, Rediscovering Creative Identity after Soviet Dissolution and German Re-unification: Chingiz Aitmatov and Christa Wolf” (2008).
  • Leonora Stevens, “Representations of Subalternity and Indigenous Identity In the Films of Jorge Sanjines and Prose of Jose Maria Arguedas” (2007).
  • Kate Bohinc, “Representations of Totalitarianism: Victor Serge’s L’affaire Toulaev and George Orwell’s 1984 ” (2007).
  • Oxana Miliaeva, “The Problem of Subject Recognition in Alexander Bely’s Peterburg as Conditioned by an E.T.A. Hoffmann Intertext” (2007).
  • Sara M. Lewis, “Express Yourself: The Literary Search for Identity Under Fascist Regimes” (2006).
  • Cora Weissbourd, “ That Within Which Passes Show”: The Threat of Individual Consciousness in Hamlet and Phèdre ” (2006).
  • Shauna Maher, “ Oulipo and Oplepo: Potential Literature in France and Italy” (2006).
  • Eléonore Paule Veillet, “Transculturation in Latin America and North Africa: The Repercussions of Colonization in Carpentier, Fanon, and Yacine” (2005).
  • Anne Popolizio, “Immigrant Narratives and the Education of Integration: When I Was Puerto Rican and Le Gone du Chaaba ” (2005).
  • Ashley Bishop Ahearn, “Time and Character in Virginia Woolf and Marguerite Duras” (2005).
  • Leah Price, “The Naked Masks Come Out to Play: Contradiction of Technique in Questa Sera si Recita a Soggetto” (2005).
  • Katrine Lvovskaya, “The Eternal Outcast. Queer Directions from Wilde to Haynes” (2004).
  • Glen Goodman, “Residences or Residencias: Refraction, Domestication, and Foreignization in English-Language Translations of Pablo Neruda” (2004).
  • Tom Genova, “Redefining ‘You’: Messianism, the Other, and the Irrational in Les Fleurs du Mal and La casa de Bernarda Alba ” (2004).
  • Kim Gravette, “Domesticity and Creative Self-Expression: Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel and The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan ” (2003).
  • Christina Montero, “Discovering the Epic in Early 20th Century Modernism: T.S. Eliot and Pablo Neruda, a Comparative Journey of Poetic Purpose within The Waste Land and Canto General ” (2003).
  • Caroline Von Althann, “Film Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Novels” (2003).
  • Briana Komar, “A Marxist Reading of Le Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens” (2003).

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  • Metamorphosis and The Necklace In Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa’s deep-seated melancholy was the main reason for his death. In Maupassant’s The Necklace, Mathilde’s depression did not result to death.
  • “Lieutenant Nun” and “Sundiata” “Lieutenant Nun” by Erauso and “Sundiata” by Niane explore conflicts happening within families and feature rebellious characters that go against the accepted orders.
  • “Big Black Good Man” and “Battle Royal” The paper compares and contrasts the methods of revealing racial themes in Richard Wright’s “Big Black Good Man” and Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royal”.
  • Literature Comparison of The Yellow Wallpaper and Everyday Use The issue of loneliness and the slow descent into madness discussed in the two famous novels, The Yellow Wallpaper and Everyday Use. These two novels share a number of common and different elements.
  • “Beowulf” and “The Lord of the Rings” Literary Comparison These two literary works demonstrate the way people, as well as people’s values, have changed throughout centuries. Thus, the protagonists of the two works start a quest to defeat the evil.
  • The Comparison of Melvin Tolson “An Ex-Judge at the Bar” and Gwendolyn Brooks “The Mother” The themes discussed by Melvin Tolson and Gwendolyn Brooks in their poems differ because of the impact of the gender aspect.
  • Comparison: “Strong Men” by Sterling Brown and “If We Must Die” by Claude McKay The works which are written and performed by different African-American authors have many similarities about motives and themes discussed in them.
  • Women in Society of Three Plays Literature Analysis The approaches to discussing the relations of women and property are described in three plays by Aristophanes, Congreve, and Wilde where the female characters play rather significant roles.
  • Comparison: “The Battle of the Ants” by H. D. Thoreau and “The Death of the Moth” by V. Woolf The idea of viewing the reality from the perspective of an insect is not new. Of all specimens of this kind of fiction, this paper campares Thoreau’s “The Battle of the Ants” and Woolf’s “The Death of the Moth”.

  • Sexual-Orientation Oppression in “Now That I Am Forever with Child” and “Condition XXI” Lorde’s “Now That I Am Forever with Child” and Hemphill’s “Condition XXI” are the examples of the poets’ vision of the specific role of women in the society with references to their gender and sexuality.
  • Henry Thoreau’s The Battle of The Ants’ and Virginia Woolf’s The Death of The Moth’ Henry Thoreau’s ‘the battle of the ants’ and Virginia Woolf’s ‘the death of the moth’ are two exceptional essays that depict the life of small creatures.
  • “Jane Eyre” and “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” Novels Comparison The comparison and contrast opinion of the novels of Charlotte Bronte and Thomas Hardy is made possible by the fact that both authors wrote these books during the same time period.
  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Hills Like White Elephants This paper analyzes: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by A. G. Bierce and Hills Like White Elephants by E. Hemingway. It is necessary to highlight the common theme of both pieces of literature.
  • The Story of an Hour and Hills Like White Elephants Literature Comparison This paper is aimed at discussing two short stories, namely The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin and Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway. They throw light on the experiences of women.
  • Comparison: ‘Kite Runner,’ ‘The Sorrows of Young Werther,’ and ‘The Road Not Taken’ ‘Kite runner’ by Hosseini, ‘The sorrows of young Werther’ by Goethe and ‘The road not taken’ by Frost have some implied themes in that the opinions of the authors have not been explicitly stated.
  • A Modest Proposal by J. Swift and Candide by F. M. Arouet Literature Analysis According to Jonathan Swift and Marie Arouet, women are nothing more than sexual tools that men use, not only to satisfy their sexual desires but also for pleasure.
  • “The Bait” by John Donne and “My Picture, Left in Scotland” by Ben Jonson Comparison This paper compares two poems, “The Bait” by John Donne and “My Picture, Left in Scotland” by Ben Jonson, to feel the particular atmosphere of the late 16th and early 17th century.
  • Tartuffe, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Way of the World Literature Compare This paper disscusses the success of the tragic comedy genre in such plays as Tartuffe by Moliere, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, and The Way of the World by William Congreve.
  • Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World Using the arguments of Orwell and Huxley, in 1984 and Brave New World, this paper argues that free information flow could decrease the gap between the rich and the poor.
  • “Come Alive” and “Shitty First Drafts” Comparative Literature Derrick Brown’s poem, “Come Alive” dwells on designing arguments when describing an item. Anne Lamott the passage “Shitty First Drafts” discusses arguments in terms of the ethos, pathos, and logos.
  • “Ode to a Day in the Country” and “The Day My Mother Died” Comparison This paper outlines comparative literature of the neighborhoods of “Ode to a Day in the Country” by Gary Soto and “The Day My Mother Died” by Marge Piercy.
  • The Aeneid, the Iliad and the Odyssey Literature Comparison Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey show that humans’ actions can lead to their sufferings. The works of Homer and Virgil refer to death of warriors and innocent individuals.
  • Literature Comparison: Shakespeare’s Falstaff and Milton’s Satan Both Shakespeare’s Falstaff and Milton’s Satan have reputations for stealing the show; neither character is the protagonist, but they are sophisticated and dynamic characters.
  • The Theme of Reflection in the Poems The paper analyses and provides the theme of reflection of the poems, “When I Consider How My Light is Spent” by John Milton and “Sad Steps” by Philip Larkin.
  • Richard Wright’ and Langston Hughes Literature Comparison Richard Wright and Langston Hughes are the writers that were very concerned about the racial issues in the society of the United States of America.
  • Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson Literary Styles Comparison One of the differences between Whitman and Dickinson was the thematic elements that they utilized. This embodied a greater difference between the two authors which will be discussed in this paper.
  • Henry David Thoreau and Virginia Woolf’s Essay Comparison While Thoreau uses the image of the entire population of animals to represent the overall human behavior, Woolf uses a single animal and dissects its behavior.
  • Perseus and Moses Heroes’ Journey Pattern This paper provides an analysis of two heroic figures from the mythology/religion of two peoples: Perseus of the Ancient Greek mythology, and Moses from the Abrahamic religions.
  • “Divine Comedy” and “Confessions” This paper is focused on the comparison of the spiritual journeys the authors undertake in Dante’s “Divine Comedy” and Augustine’s “Confessions”.
  • The Emotional Meaning of Home in Literature Home has an emotional connection to each one of us. For example, Silas the dying old servant in Robert Frost’s “Death of a Hired Man” sees the home as the fortress.
  • W. E. B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey’ Works Comparison “The Souls of Black Folk” by W E B Dubois and “Africa for the African” by Marcus Garvey are regarded masterpieces and they are studied to get an understanding of positions of these authors.
  • Farce’ Elements and Aspects in Plays The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Lysistrata by Aristophanes, and Tartuffe, or the Impostor by Molière are three comedies where the elements of farce may be met.
  • Literature Comparison: “Lust” and “Sex Without Love” The poem ‘Sex without Love’ by Sharon Olds and the short story ‘Lust’ by Susan Minot focuses on sex, a topic that has for a long time been considered sensitive and controversial in many societies.
  • Human Animal in “Gulliver’s Travels” and “Life is a Dream” This paper reviews the concept of the human animal in Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels: A voyage to the country of the Houyhnhnms” and de la Barca’s “Life is a Dream”.
  • Journey in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and “Alchemist” The journeys of the protagonists of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alchemist are imbued with a strong symbolic significance of personal transformation and self-realization.
  • Dilemmas in Hamlet and The Fall of the House of Usher This paper will explore the character of Hamlet and compare Hamlet’s dilemma to the predicament of the unknown narrator of “The Fall of the House of Usher”.
  • Lucille Clifton’ Poems Comparison In her “Homage to my hips” and “Won’t you celebrate with me,” Clifton proclaims her ideas of African American women’s beauty and freedom.
  • Dave Eggers and Clive Lewis’ Works Comparison The establishment of values and beliefs is a popular motif in both children and adult literature. This paper compares two such works, “Surprised by Joy” and “The Wild Things”.
  • Robert Frost’s and Virginia Scott’s Poems Comparison This paper aims to compare the poems Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening and Virginia Scott’s Snow and discuss rhetorical and literary devices used by the authors.
  • Rules of the Game and Two Kinds: Books Comparison Amy Tan used two books, “The Rules of the Game” and “Two Kids” to address parenting roles in different scenarios. In “The Rules of the Game”, she exposes a mother’s supportive attitude.
  • Negritude: Aime Cesaire and Leopold Sedar Senghor Works Comparison This paper focuses on the works of two well-known authors associated with the movement called Negritude, Aimé Cesaire and Leopold Sedar Senghor.
  • “The Excursion” and “A Defence of Poetry” Comparison The Excursion, a poem by William Wordsworth, and A Defence of Poetry, an essay by Percy Bysshe Shelley, are among the most prominent examples of Romantic literature in England, displaying all of the elements by which the period may be characterised.
  • Theme of Little Red Riding Hood: Comparing the Versions of Perrault vs Grimm The paper compares two stories of Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and by Charles Perrault analyzing the plot and providing own explanation to the plot concept.
  • Masculinity in James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway’ Stories This paper looks at the theme of masculinity as portrayed by both male and female characters in four stories by Joyce and Hemingway. The short stories focus on the inner development of characters.
  • Civil War Poetry by Whitman, Melville and Dickinson This essay discusses the war poems of Whitman in his Drum-Taps, Melville’s Battle Pieces, and those poems written by Dickinson on the civil war. The paper compares the style of writing.
  • Little Red Riding Hood: Original vs. Retell Two versions of LRRH, including the original, written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and the retelling by Perrault, focus on similar themes, however, authors’ approaches differ.
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Dahl and Perrault Little Red Cap is a folk text initially written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. This work compares different versions of LRRH, including Roald Dahl and Charles Perrault’s authors.
  • Animals in “The Dogs’ Colloquy” and “Gulliver’s Travels” This paper compares animal species in Miguel de Cervantes’ “The Dogs’ Colloquy” and Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels: Part IV. A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms”.
  • Injustice in Shelley’s Frankenstein and Milton’s Paradise Lost The monster created by Mary Shelley in Frankenstein and the character of Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost are obsessed with the idea of injustice and revenge.
  • Marriage in Bradstreet’s, Dooley’s, Larkin’s Works This paper discusses marriage life in Bradstreet’s “To My Dear and Loving Husband”, Dooley’s “Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage)”, and Holzman and Larkin’s “Talking in Bed”.
  • The Issue of “Othering” in Literature The issue of “othering” is clearly illustrated in Frantz Fanon’s “The Fact of Blackness”, Nina McConigley’s “White Wedding”, and Eula Biss’ “White Debt”.
  • Irony in Everything That Rises Must Converge and A Rose for Emily This essay analyzes the similarities and differences of the functions played by irony in both “A Rose for Emily” and “Everything That Rises Must Converge”.
  • Crowd Pressure in Hughes’s Salvation and Orwell’s Shooting an Elephant This paper reflects on the pressures of the crowd, discussing two articles “Salvation” by Langston Hughes and “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell.
  • “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Laugh of the Medusa” In light of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the paper explores various key points displayed in the fiction in the light of Hélène Cixousa’s “The Laugh of the Medusa.”
  • Certeau’s and Schwartz’s Works: Genre Comparison Michel de Certeau’s Walking in the City and Delmore Schwartz’s Far Rockaway represent two different literary genres.
  • Emily Dickinson vs Walt Whitman: Poems Comparison It should be noted that the two poems When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer by Walt Whitman and 324 by Emily Dickinson have both similarities and differences.
  • “Short Stories Analysis: “”The Necklace”” and “”The Last Leaf””” This work considered short stories “The Necklace” and “The Last Leaf” and their interesting plot line. Particular attention is directed to the characters, emotions and experiences.
  • “Tartuffe” and “Candide or the Optimism” Comparison When it comes to the “high comedy,” “Tartuffe” by Moliere is an outstanding example. “Candide or the Optimism” is a philosophic and satiric novel by a notorious Enlightenment writer Voltaire.
  • “The Necklace” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” “The Necklace” by Maupassant and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by Lawrence – stories revolve around families of medium-income with women who are deeply dissatisfied with reality.
  • The Ideas of Life in Henry Thoreau and Virginia Woolf’ Works In “The Battle of the Ants”, Henry David Thoreau focuses on discussing the war between red and black species. The insect’s personal fight discussed in Virginia Woolf’s “The Death of the Moth”.
  • Poems Comparison: The Necklace and I Stand Here Ironing This paper compares and contrasts Maupassant’s “The Necklace” and Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing”, to analyzes the way the authors examined the subject of poverty.
  • Alger’s “Ragged Dick” and Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper” The paper illustrates the changes in contemporary American society by analyzing Horatio Alger’s “Ragged Dick” and Charlotte Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper”.
  • Juxtaposing of the Stories “The Awakening” and “Summer” In the literature, juxtaposition is used widely in engraving a given character in detail. This essay will juxtapose the stories titled as “The Awakening” and “Summer”.
  • Samuel Daniel and Richard Lovelace’ Poems Comparison The purpose of this paper is to compare ‘Fair is my Love’ by Samuel Daniel and ‘To Althea, from Prison’ by Richard Lovelace, to reflect their contrasts and mood, and to define their meaning and core.
  • “””I Gave You All I Had”” and “”In Difficult Times””” In their works “I Gave You All I Had” and “In difficult times,” Zoe Valdes and Heberto Padilla show how people can be asked to sacrifice their lives for the sake of others.
  • Literary Psychoanalysis: Medicine River and The Things They Carried The novel Medicine River by Thomas King and the collection of short stories The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien can be considered rather enlightening, in the psychological sense of this word.
  • Stream of Consciousness in Joseph Conrad and TS Eliot Literature This paper discusses two famous works of literature – James Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and TS Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” – and analyzes their use of stream of consciousness.
  • Yusef Komunyakaa’s and Sylvia Plath’s Poems Comparison Yusef Komunyakaa’s poem “Blackberries” and Sylvia Plath’s poem “Blackberrying” are two of the many poems that have utilized the theme of blackberry picking as a plot.
  • Shakespeare’s Macbeth vs. Tolkiens’ Smeagol Macbeth is a relative of the king, in line for leadership. Smeagol is a cut-throat of dubious, possibly Halfling origins with none but himself and his purloined ring for company.
  • “Ghosts” vs. “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen “Ghosts” and “A Doll’s House” criticized contemporary Norwegian society. The plays were sensational and often regarded as being indecent.
  • The Personal Journey: “The Wiz” and “The Alchemist” When someone says that there is a normal way of looking at The Wiz by Sidney Lumet and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, this does not suggest that there is one way of looking at these works.
  • “Comparison: “”Lamb to the Slaughter”” and “”Jury of Her Peers””” The present paper compares and contrasts the characters of two short stories: “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell and “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl.
  • Odysseus and Maximus: Heroes Comparison Based on the portrayal of Maximus from “Gladiator” and the representation of Odysseus in a book with the same title, this paper argues that both characters had more similarities than differences.
  • Hero’s Journey: A Comparison of The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Iliad, and the Odyssey While Gilgamesh spends his time seeking eternal life, Odysseus seems more interested in living the life that he has. Odysseus’ hero journey exemplifies “how one ought to live”.
  • Absurdity in “The Metamorphosis” and “The Stranger” The Metamorphosis by Kafka and The Stranger by Camus is existential works that explore the themes of alienation, emotional detachment, and the seeming absurdity of the human form.
  • “Rose for Emily” and “Barn Burning” Comparison William Faulkner is a master mind when it comes to writing short stories. “Rose for Emily” and “Barn Burning” are two of the most exceptional stories written by him.
  • Killings for Love in Shakespeare’s and Garcia’s Works In both Shakespeare’s Othello and Garcia’s Chronicles of a Death Foretold, the themes of love, passion, and death are connected. Do the killings in the novels occur for love?
  • Ambrose Bierce and Tom Whitecloud’ Short Stories This paper discusses two short stories, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce and Blue Winds Dancing by Tom Whitecloud.
  • Narration and Gender: Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge, Burney’s Evelina, Winterson’s Sexing the Cherry The type of narration that is used in Evelina by Fanny Burney is called epistolary: it is formed as a series of letters.
  • True Freedom Theme in American Short Stories “The Cask of Amontillado” by Poe, “Dark They Were and Golden-Eyed” by Bradbury, and “The Story of an Hour” by Chopin are analyzed through an understanding of true freedom.
  • “Play Matters” by Sicart and “Game Design Workshop” by Fullerton This essay is a review of two chapters from books by Miguel Sicart and Tracy Fullerton. The goal of the review is to find two interesting points in each chapter and explore them.
  • Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” and Updike’s “A&P” “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates, and “A&P” by John Updike are both short stories that explore the subject of rebellion.
  • Themes in Poems by Robert Frost and Dylan Thomas The theme of travel is examined in Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “The Road not Taken,” and in Thomas’s “Do not Go Gentle into That Good Night.”
  • Perrault’s and Brothers Grimm’s “Little Red Hood” Perhaps one of the oldest variations of the fairytale, Perrault’s story was written solely to entertain the royal court in seventeenth-century France.
  • Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” and Ellison’s “Battle Royale” Both Herman Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” and Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royale” share similar messages of how slavery might be deeply embedded in the social psyche.
  • Compromised Rulers in Literary Works This paper analyzes the notion of the compromised ruler explored in The Thousand and One Nights and The Prince as well as some pieces by De Montaigne and Tao Qian.
  • Orgon and Candide from Moliere’s “Tartuffe” and Voltaire’s “Candide” The paper analyzes the comedy Tartuffe by Moliere and the novel Candide by Voltaire. The characters that will be observed are Orgon and Candide, respectively.
  • Sacrifice in Malamud’s, Jacob’s, Alvarez’s Works In Idiots First by Bernard Malamud, The Origin of Stories told by Henry Jacob, and Yo! by Julia Alvarez, the topic of sacrifice will be explored.
  • Message in Shakespeare’s, Albom’s and King’s Works This paper analyzes the commonalities of the message in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare, “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom, and “A Death” by Stephen King.
  • Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” It is possible to compare literary elements in Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” when determining similarities and differences in these works.
  • Dreams in the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible This paper focuses on the similarities and differences between the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible in terms of content, underlying message, and literary context.
  • Development of the Setting in Shirley’s “The Lottery” and “The Rocking Horse Winner” by Lawrence: From Claustrophobic to Chaotic In “The Lottery” and “The Rocking Horse Winner,” the changes in the setting are defined not by the physical alterations in the environment but by the prism through which they are viewed.
  • “The Lottery” by Jackson and “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Le Guin Analysis of the stories written by Jackson and Le Guin allows one to plunge into the seemingly perfect worlds, where everyone becomes a victim of artificially created morality, and find many common ideas.
  • The Use of Disguise in “The Odyssey” and “The Metamorphoses” The topic of disguise is used in both works and helps the authors reflect on how deep and diverse human nature is in conjunction with the plots of ancient epics.
  • Tabooed Actions and Social Sanctions in “Oedipus Tyrannus” by Sophocles and Shaffer’s “Equus” The crimes committed by the titular character of Oedipus Tyrannus are grave, but the retribution he faces befits them in the eyes of the Ancient Greek audience.
  • “The Stranger” by Albert Camus and “The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories” by Mark Twain: The Novel Comparison Reflections on human essence, the motives of specific actions, and the choice in favor of certain decisions occupy a significant place in the literary niche of art.
  • “I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala” and “American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World”: Comparison The book titled “I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala” is an autobiography of Rigoberta Menchú that is written in the form of the testimonio.
  • Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” vs. Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” Comparison The two stories that will be analyzed are “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin.
  • “Religion in “”Ceremony,”” “”Death Comes for the Archbishop,”” and “”Desert Solitaire””” The works Ceremony, Desert Solitaire, and Death Comes for the Archbishop also have religious motifs that are introduced to trace the role religion plays in persons’ lives and all changes they undergo in their life.
  • Character Comparison: “Odyssey”, “Scarlett Latter,” “Troy,” “Hamlet” The paper compares the heroes from Homer’s “Odyssey”, Hawthorne’s “Scarlett Latter” and characters from Hollywood movies “Troy” and “Hamlet”.
  • Social Life in Canterbury Tales vs. Pride & Prejudice: Compare & Contrast Essay This paper compares Chaucer and Jane Austen with a focus on their views of social life in their respective periods, particularly about the institution of marriage.
  • Marriage According to Geoffrey Chaucer and Jane Austen This focus of this paper is a critical evaluation of the way the characters of Chaucer and Jane Austen looked at life and marriage.
  • The Lottery & The Rocking Horse Winner Compare & Contrast Essay Two authors, Shirley Jackson and David Herbert Lawrence in their short stories The Lottery and The Rocking Horse Winner explore the theme of the dangers of blindly following traditional or cultural norms.
  • Mustafa Sa’eed from Season of Migration to the North Compared to Shakespeare’s Caliban & Othello Mustafa Sa’eed is uniquely similar to Caliban from William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in his resistance to invading cultures of colonialism through the context of sexual revenge.
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find & The Story of an Hour: Compare & Contrast Essay It is hard to find a good man. Two stories A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O`Connor and The story of an hour by Kate Chopin center around this issue.
  • Barker’s Regeneration & Plath’s The Bell Jar: Compare & Contrast Essay This paper compares the ways in which Pat Barker in "Regeneration" and Sylvia Plath in "The Bell Jar" explore and present the causes and experience of breakdown and madness.
  • Heroes’ Qualities: Gilgamesh vs. Odysseus “The Epic of Gilgamesh” and “Odysseus” introduce two different characters with their own purposes, choices, and monsters to defeat.
  • J. Mirikitani’s “Suicide Note” and R. Burns’ “My Love If Like a Red, Red Rose”: Comparison Compared to Burns “My love is like a red, red rose”, the poem “Suicide note” by Mirikitani carries a lot of depth, emotions and even has a message – parents should not over-demand performance from their children.
  • Coelho’s Alchemist and Homer’s Odyssey: Theme Comparison The book alchemist has the story of a boy who had a dream of finding treasures which he finally found. The book of Odyssey Odysseus as a hero who had a long journey back to his land.
  • In the Time of the Butterflies and The Great Gatsby: Compare & Contrast Essay The settings of both stories help us understand the canvasses upon which the authors paint their pictures and contextualizes the actions of stories’ characters.
  • Heroes and Cowards in “Oedipus Rex” and “Death of a Salesman” In the two plays, “Oedipus Rex” and “Death of a Salesman” there are many parallels. One major parallel is courage and cowardice.
  • Hwang’s “Trying to Find Chinatown” and Packer’s “Brownies” “Trying to Find Chinatown” and “Brownies” portray that ethnic identity prevents the main characters from equal opportunities and creates obstacles in their life path.
  • Matriarchs in Esquivel’s “Like Water for Chocolate” and Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” Matriarchs represent the core of the family and the main driven force that helps their families to survive and fight with life and fate.
  • Chopin and Shields Literary Works Compared The protagonists in the stories of Shields and Chopin encounter inequalities in their lives, and many of them are reinforced by the social structures and organizations in which they live.
  • “The Boat” by Alistair MacLeod and “The Loons” by Margaret Laurence The first short story that we are going to discuss is called “The Boat”, it was written by a prominent Canadian fiction writer Alistair MacLeod.
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The title is an important part of any essay. After all, it’s the first thing people read. When you write a title for your compare and contrast essay, it needs to let your reader know what subjects you want to compare and how you plan to compare them. Some essays need more formal, informative titles while others benefit from creative titles. No matter what, just remember to keep your title short, readable, and relevant to your writing.

Creating an Informative Title

Step 1 Establish your audience.

  • Informative titles like “The Benefit of Owning a Cat vs. a Dog”, for example, would be better for a classroom setting, while a creative title like “My Dog is Better than a Cat” would be better for a blog. [2] X Research source

Step 2 List what you want to compare.

  • You only need to include the broad topics or themes you want to compare, such as dogs and cats. Don’t worry about putting individual points in your title. Those points will be addressed in the body of your essay.
  • You may be comparing something to itself over time or space, like rock music in the 20th and 21st centuries, or Renaissance art in Italy and the Netherlands. If that’s the case, list the subject you want to compare, and places or timeframes that you are using for your comparison.

Step 3 Decide if your essay is meant to be persuasive or not.

  • Persuasive essay titles might use words like “benefit,” “better,” “advantages,” “should,” “will,” and other words that convey a sense that one subject has an advantage over the other.
  • Informative titles might use words like “versus,” “compared,” or “difference”. These words don’t suggest that one subject is better or worse, they simply point out they are not the same.

Step 4 Write your informative title.

  • The end result should be a title that lets readers know what you want to compare and contrast, and how you plan on doing so in just a few words. If for example, you're comparing rock music across time, your title might be The Difference in Chord Progressions of 20th and 21st-century Rock Music .

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Generating a Creative Title

Step 1 Establish your purpose.

  • If, for example, you just want to compare white and milk chocolate, you are providing facts. Your goal will not be to make your audience think one particular chocolate is better. Your title, then, may be something like "Loco for Cocoa: The Differences Between Types of Chocolate."
  • If, however, you want to tell your audience why milk chocolate is better, you are reinforcing a popular idea. If you want to explain why white chocolate is better, you are going against a popular idea. In that case, a better title might be "Milking it - Why White Chocolate is Totally the Best Chocolate."

Step 2 Avoid direct comparison words.

  • ”Do Hash Browns Stack up Against Fries as a Burger Side” creates a sense of tension between your subjects and challenges a popular opinion. It is a more engaging title for your readers than “Comparing Hash Browns and Fries as Burger Sides.”

Step 3 Use a colon.

  • For example, if you want to write an essay comparing two works of art by Van Gogh, you may use a title like, “Look at Him Gogh: Comparing Floral Composition in Almond Blossoms and Poppy Flowers.”

Keeping Your Title Relevant and Readable

Step 1 Write the paper first.

  • Your essay is where you will make your arguments. Your title just needs to convey your subjects and establish that you plan to compare and contrast them in some way.

Step 3 Ask a friend for their opinion.

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