by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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 Wives of the Dead
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
In this short story, two women receive shocking visits in the night as they grieve over the deaths of their husbands.Pair “The Wives of the Dead” with “The Ambitious Guest” and ask students to compare these two texts by the same author. Are there any similar themes or devices used in both pieces? How does Hawthorne frame the discussion of death in each?
When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be
- John Keats
John Keats (1795-1821) was an English Romantic poet whose reputation grew after his death. This poem, though written in 1818, was first published posthumously in 1848. In it, a speaker shares desires for the future as well as fears.Pair “The Ambitious Guest” with “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be” and ask students to consider the themes of death and memory.