by CommonLit Staff
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.
- c. 335 BCE
In this excerpt from Poetics, Aristotle offers a definition of tragedy, as well as several examples and non-examples of the genre.Pair the excerpt from “The Legend of Oedipus” with “On Tragedy” and ask students to evaluate if the legend aligns with Aristotle’s definition of tragedy.
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
- Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde is best known for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his witticisms, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death. In this short story, Lord Arthur Savile receives an ill fortune and then struggles to fulfill this destiny so he may marry. “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” is a comedic illustration of the power of suggestion and self-fulfilled prophecy.Pair “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” with “The Legend of Oedipus” and have students compare the themes related to fate and free will. How did either character, if at all, contribute to the fulfillment of a prophecy? Was there any way that their fates could have been avoided?