by O. Henry
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After Twenty Years
- O. Henry
William Sydney Porter (1862-1910) was an American writer better known by his pen name, O. Henry. “After Twenty Years,” published in 1908, is one of his better known short stories that shows how complicated friendship can be. In the story, after twenty years of silence, a policeman meets an old friend who is a wanted criminal in Chicago.Pair "After Twenty Years" with "The Guilty Party" and ask students to compare these two texts by the same author. Do they share any similar themes, characters, styles, or literary devices? How would you describe O. Henry's voice, based on these two stories?
The Thief and His Mother
- 620-560 B.C.
Aesop was a slave and storyteller who was believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 B.C.E. This story about a boy and his immoral mother is part of his collection of tales known as “Aesop’s Fables,” which have been featured in children’s literature for centuries.Pair "The Guilty Party" with Aesop's "The Thief and His Mother" and ask students to compare each work's message about fault and guilt. According to the author of each work, who is to blame?