by Anzia Yezierska
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.
- Edgar Allan Poe
“The Raven” is one of Poe’s most famous works. In it, he bemoans the loss of his lover and tells the tale of a man who, tortured by love, steadily slips into madness.Pair “The Raven” with “Excerpt from ‘Where Lovers Dream’” and ask students to discuss how love is depicted in the two texts. How are the poem’s speaker and the story’s narrator affected by losing their lovers? In what ways are their losses different?
Why Do We Hate Love?
- Robert Firestone, Ph.D.
Loving another person and accepting love from another person can sometimes be a very painful experience. In his article, “Why Do We Hate Love,” Robert Firestone, Ph.D. explains the psychology behind this phenomenon.Pair “Why Do We Hate Love” with “Excerpt from ‘Where Lovers Dream’” and ask students to discuss how Anzia Yezierska’s short story explores the negative experiences associated with love. Does the narrator’s ex-boyfriend appear to be having a similarly negative experience as the narrator?
- Joyce Carol Oates
In Joyce Carol Oates’s short story “Shopping,” a mother and daughter experience tension while on a shopping trip.Pair “Shopping” with “Excerpt from ‘Where Lovers Dream’” and ask students to discuss the different kinds of love explored in the two texts. How are the characters affected by the love they feel for others? How does love drive their actions?