by Jack London
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.
- Jack London
“Winged Blackmail” is a short story by the famous American writer Jack London (1876- 1916). The story opens as Peter Winn plots to take control for personal gain. Instead, he is met with the unbridled power of fear, which takes the shape of a pigeon.Pair “Winged Blackmail” with “Love Letter,” both by Jack London, and ask students to compare the author’s dissimilar representations of fear in the two pieces. What do the characters in each text fear? Consider differences in style, tone, and themes.
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 “Love Letter” and have students discuss the less idyllic aspects of romantic entanglement. In what ways might something we often champion as an unqualified good—romantic love—cause a person trouble? Is a person’s negative reaction to being loved or being in love unconscious? Does this change your perception of London’s take on love?
Tristan and Isolde
- Lady Jane Wilde
In “Tristan and Isolde: The Love Sin,” a legendary knight and a princess fall in love, but at the cost of betraying their king.Pair “Love Letter” with “Tristan and Isolde: The Love Sin” and ask students to discuss the themes of love and betrayal in these texts. How does the language of both texts contribute to their tones and themes? Does the former text provide some perspective on their situations?