Paired Texts > I'm Nobody! Who Are You?
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.
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English critic, philosopher and writer. Chesterton often wrote parables, which are stories that illustrate lessons in morality. In this opinion piece, Chesterton uses humor to mock books that aim to teach a person how to become wealthy and successful.Pair “The Fallacy of Success” with “I’m Nobody! Who are You?” and ask students to discuss how each piece views what it means to be a success of a person.
Unlike Edgar Allan Poe's well-known suspenseful works, "The Man of the Crowd" is a mysterious and philosophical short story that explores unanswered questions as the narrator follows a man around the streets of London.Pair Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd” with “I’m Nobody! Who Are You?” by Emily Dickinson. Ask students to discuss the similarities and differences between Poe’s concept of the unknowable and Dickinson’s poem about taking pride in maintaining private identity.
In Gabriel García Márquez's short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," an old man resembling an angel crashes into a family's yard.Pair “I’m Nobody! Who are You?” with “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” and ask students to discuss why being vulnerable to others is difficult. Why is it dangerous to identify oneself in relation to others? Why might someone prefer seclusion to society?
In Emily Dickinson's poem "There's a certain Slant of light," a speaker describes the effects of a slant of light on a winter day.Pair “I’m Nobody! Who are You?” with “There’s a certain Slant of light” and ask students to compare the themes of these two poems by Emily Dickinson. How does Dickinson describe her private life in “I’m Nobody! Who are You?” How might this lifestyle have contributed to some of Dickinson’s feelings of loneliness expressed in “There’s a certain Slant of light”?
In "'Hope' is the thing with feathers - (254)," Dickinson symbolizes hope as a bird that prevails in a storm.Pair “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers - (254)” with “I’m Nobody! Who are You?” and ask students to compare these poems by the same author. Do they share any similarities, such as tone or structure? How does Dickinson utilize her famous punctuation, the dash, in each poem?
In "Cheboygan Day," a narrator describes the arrival of two new students and their reception by the study body.Pair “I’m Nobody! Who Are You?” with “Cheboygan Day” and ask students to discuss the common themes in each text. Do students think Owen feels like a “Nobody”? What about Adele? Why or why not? Do students think Claude finds being “Somebody” to be dreary? Would Adele agree with the speaker’s opinion of what it’s like to be “Somebody”? Why or why not?