by George Orwell
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.
The Monroe Doctrine and American Imperialism
- Mike Kubic
In “The Monroe Doctrine,” Mike Kubic discusses the parameters of the Monroe Doctrine, its impacts on the nation, as well as its global influence.Pair “The Monroe Doctrine and American Imperialism” with “Shooting an Elephant” and ask students to further discuss imperialism. How does the narrator in the short story describe the British Empire’s imperialism? How does this compare to America’s actions of imperialism through the Monroe Doctrine? Why do students think that the narrator opposes imperialism but continues to contribute to it?
- Shirley Jackson
In Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” an entire town participates in a ritual that turns surprisingly sinister.Pair “The Lottery” with “Shooting an Elephant” and ask students to discuss why good people do bad things. Why do the townspeople stone people in their community? How does this compare to the narrator’s decision to shoot the elephant, despite his desire not to? How are the characters’ actions in the two stories shaped by those around them?