by William Faulkner
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.
Because I could not stop for death
- Emily Dickinson
In Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death," the speaker meets Death, personified as a carriage driver. This poem is a classic example of Dickinson's poetry - short, choppy sentences, packed with meaning and metaphor.Pair “That Evening Sun” with “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” and ask students to contrast how the short story and poem address the uncertainty of death and its fatefulness. How does Nancy’s perspective of death compare to the speaker’s perspective of death?
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 “That Evening Sun” with “A Rose for Emily” and ask students to compare William Faulkner’s use of literary techniques and diction in the two stories. How does the shared setting contribute to the themes in both stories?
A Good Man is Hard to Find
- Flannery O'Connor
In “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor tells the story of a family who travels on a vacation that goes horribly wrong.Pair “That Evening Sun” with “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and ask students to discuss the similar features of the two Southern Gothic short stories. Students may compare the two stories’ settings, suspense, characterization, diction, and themes. How does the title of O’Connor’s short story resonate with Nancy’s experiences?