by Roald Dahl
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.
Lamb to the SlaughterRoald Dahl
In "Lamb to the Slaughter," Roald Dahl tells the story of a woman betrayed by her husband and her violent retaliation.Pair “Lamb to the Slaughter” with “The Landlady” and ask students to compare the styles, themes, and tone of these classic short stories.
Annabel LeeEdgar Allan Poe
Poe's poem, "Annabel Lee" was published in 1849 and is the last complete poem published by Poe before his death. It recounts the early romance of the speaker's now-dead lover.Pair “Annabel Lee” with “The Landlady” and ask students to discuss how people respond to death. How do the two texts show how one can challenge death? In what ways do the characters of the two texts keep the deceased alive?
A Good Man is Hard to FindFlannery 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 “The Landlady” with “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and ask student to discuss how the styles of these two texts to compare. How do the authors of these two texts construct the dark tones of their stories and foreshadow the characters' unfortunate ends?
In John Updike's short story "A&P," a cashier describes three teenage girls who come into a grocery store in only their bathing suits during the more conservative 1960s.Pair “The Landlady” with “A&P” and ask students to discuss the points of view used in the two short stories. How do they compare? How do they contribute to the intentions of the author and help develop the plot and theme?
The RavenEdgar Allan Poe
In "The Raven," the speaker bemoans the loss of his lover and, tortured by love, steadily slips into madness.Pair “The Raven” with “The Landlady” and ask students to discuss how madness is connected to death. In “The Raven,” the speaker is driven mad by death — do you believe that the landlady is mad? Which details from the text support this conclusion?
Yesterday Was BeautifulRoald Dahl
In "Yesterday Was Beautiful," a pilot fighting in World War II finds himself on a Greek Island after his plane is shot down.Pair “The Landlady” with “Yesterday Was Beautiful” to provide students with another short story by Roald Dahl. Dahl is known for his unexpected endings. Ask students to identify the unexpected endings in both texts. How does Dahl build up to these unexpected endings? How does he use foreshadow in both stories?
In "Showdown" a teenager lives a haunting, reoccurring day in a small town.Pair “The Landlady” with “Showdown” and ask students to discuss how the author builds suspense in each text. What is the tone of each story? How does this affect the ending? What is the effect on the reader?