by Katharine Weber
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.
- Kate Chopin
In this symbolic story, a young girl named Babette must wait patiently for figs to ripen—a metaphor for growing up in Victorian society.Pair “Sleeping” with “Ripe Figs” so that students can examine and conclude what makes up a coming-of-age story. Ask them to consider how definitive “growing up” feels—how do we grow up and do we always know exactly when?
A Rose for Emily
- William Faulkner
William Faulkner (1897-1962) was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate. This story takes place in Mississippi around the turn of the 20th century. After the death of Miss Emily Grierson, the people of Jefferson, Mississippi uncover a dark history in this classic piece of Southern Gothic.Pair “Sleeping” with “A Rose for Emily” and ask students to compare how characters in both texts react to death, and how both stories deal with the issue of illusion and reality.
- Robert Frost
In this overtly dark poem by Frost, a husband and wife grieve differently over their recently deceased child.Pair “Home Burial” with “Sleeping” and have students compare the characters and themes in the two texts. What do these pieces tell us about loss, grief, and acceptance?