by Ellis Parker Butler
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A Defenseless Creature
- Anton Chekhov
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian physician, playwright, and prolific author. He is famous for his mastery of crafting short stories. In this story, a woman pleads for aid from a banker on behalf of her sick husband — and won’t take no for an answer.Pair “A Defenseless Creature” with “Pigs is Pigs” and ask students to compare the two texts. How does money complicate or add to the plot of the stories? How does each text utilize comedy or satire in their stories? To what effect? Cite examples of humor in each.
- Howard Pyle
In this humorous old folktale, a man must deal with the desires of three tricky rogues. However, he overcomes their tricks with a plan of his own.Pair “Master Jacob” with “Pigs is Pigs” and ask students to compare the two texts. Compare and contrast Master Jacob and Flannery. How do they both get tricked or trick other people? Do they share any themes, literary devices, or similarities in plot? How do they differ?