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
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
- Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde is best known for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his witticisms, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death. In this short story, Lord Arthur Savile receives an ill fortune and then struggles to fulfill this destiny so he may marry. “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” is a comedic illustration of the power of suggestion and self-fulfilled prophecy.Pair “Hermann the Irascible: A Story of the Great Weep” with “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” and prompt students to discuss satire. How does each author used this comedic device to critique certain elements of his society?
Address to Congress on Women's Suffrage
- Carrie Chapman Catt
In this address to Congress in November 1917, Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), a leader in the fight for women’s suffrage, argues for the rights of women.Pair "Address to Congress on Women's Suffrage" with "Hermann the Irascible" to give students a better sense of the history of the suffragist movement. Considering the widely held beliefs of the day, what techniques did women use to ultimately gain the right to vote?
In this story, a man is put in an uncomfortable situation when he discovers that he and his female companion are not alone inside of the train compartment.Pair “Hermann the Irascible: A Story of the Great Weep” with “The Mouse” and ask students to compare these texts by the same author. Does the author use any similar techniques in both pieces of comedy?