by William Faulkner
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
- Katharine Weber
Katharine Weber (b. 1955) is a contemporary American non-fiction writer and novelist. In this story, a young girl is asked to babysit--but the job turns out to be different than she expected.Pair “Sleeping” with “A Rose for Emily” and ask students to compare how characters in both texts react to death, and how both stories deal with the issue of illusion and reality.
The Fall of the House of Usher
- Edgar Allan Poe
In this short story by American author Edgar Allan Poe, an unnamed narrator visits an old friend and finds a tale of horror within the decaying manor.Pair “The Fall of the House of Usher” with “A Rose for Emily” and ask students to discuss the elements of betrayal, trauma, and macabre in both texts.
That Evening Sun
- William Faulkner
In “That Evening Sun,” a man must face the past as he remembers how, as a young boy, his white family failed to protect their frightened black washerwoman.Pair “That Evening Sun” with “A Rose for Emily” and ask students to compare William Faulkner’s use of literary techniques and diction in the two stories. How does the shared setting contribute to the themes in both stories?
“Frailty, Thy Name is Woman!”
- William Shakespeare
In a soliloquy, Hamlet expresses his rage towards his mother due to recent choices she has made.Pair “Frailty, Thy Name is Woman!” with “A Rose for Emily” and ask students how women, specifically widows, are treated in each text. Students should cite evidence from each text to support their response. What are the dangers of holding on to the past? In the context of “A Rose for Emily,” is Queen Gertrude better off for moving on quickly to a new marriage? Why or why not? Ask students to compare Queen Gertrude with Emily. Which woman made the better choice? Why? Students should cite evidence from each text to support their response.