by Neil Philip
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.
- William Ernest Henley
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) was an English poet, critic, and editor. His best known poem is “Invictus,” published in 1875, which he wrote just following the amputation of his foot due to tuberculosis.Pair “Invictus” with “The Keys of Destiny” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the notion of fate. How are fate and free will presented in the two texts? How do students think William Ernest Henley would respond to King Shahryar’s final sentiments?
The Monkey's Paw
- W.W. Jacobs
In “The Monkey’s Paw,” a man ignores the warnings of an old friend and makes a wish that brings misery upon his family.Pair “The Monkey’s Paw” with “The Keys of Destiny” and ask students to compare how both stories explore themes of fate. How do powerful objects in the two texts control the characters’ fates? How do the narrative structures of the two texts help convey the themes of the two stories?
Queen Esther and Me
- Amalia Hoffman
In Amalia Hoffman’s essay “Queen Esther and Me,” Hoffman explores the origin and celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim.Pair “The Keys of Destiny” with “Queen Esther and Me” and ask students to discuss how Queen Esther and Scheherazade exhibit bravery in each text. How do both texts explore the power of stories? How is the king changed by Scheherazade’s story in “The Keys of Destiny”? Is this similar to how Jewish people are influenced by Queen Esther’s story? Why or why not?