by Thomas Hardy
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.
Our Deportment, or the Manners, Conduct, and Dress of Refined Society
- John H. Young
- Katherine Mansfield
In "Miss Brill," a woman’s day in the park has unexpected emotional consequences.Pair “Miss Brill” with “Excerpt from Far from the Madding Crowd” and ask students to discuss how the women of the two texts view themselves. How do their perceptions of themselves compare to the feedback they receive from those around them? How do the women respond when people’s perceptions of them differ from what they expect?
Excerpts from The Awakening
- Kate Chopin
In these excerpts from Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening, Edna Pontellier struggles with what is expected of her as a mother, a wife, and a woman.Pair “Excerpts from The Awakening” with “Excerpt from Far from the Madding Crowd” and ask students to compare the female characters of the two texts. In what ways are the women’s actions driven by the men around them? Do students think that one woman asserts more independence than the other? Why or why not?
Excerpt from Tess of the d’Urbervilles
- Thomas Hardy
In this excerpt from Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Ubervilles, a man encounters someone who reveals an interesting fact about his ancestry.Pair “Excerpt from Far From the Madding Crowd” with “Excerpt from Tess of the d’Ubervilles” to provide students with another example of Thomas Hardy’s writing. How does Hardy explore the identities of the main characters in the two texts? How does the admiration that Bathsheba receives affect how she views herself? How does this compare to how Jack Durbeyfield views himself after having his ancestry revealed to him?
Excerpt from Song of the Lark
- Willa Cather
In Willa Cather’s Song of the Lark, a young girl has a close relationship with her aunt and helps her prepare for her roles in plays.Pair “Excerpt from Far From the Madding Crowd” with “Excerpt from Song of the Lark” and ask students to discuss what makes the main characters stand out to others in the two texts. Why does Bathsheba catch other people’s attention at the market? How does this compare to what makes Thea and Aunt Tillie stand out? How do the characters view themselves and how does this compare to others’ perceptions of them?