Paired Texts > The Man in the Arena
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.
In his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, the late Steve Jobs discusses the challenges that ultimately shaped him into a successful entrepreneur.Pair “The Man in the Arena” speech with “Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Commencement Speech” and ask students to compare the language of the two pieces. Do they make use of any of the same literary devices or structural choices? How are the respective authors’ ideas about the attributes or actions that lead to success similar? How do they differ?
As an explorer and naturalist, Theodore Roosevelt, who served as the 26th President of the United States (1858-1919), was a great supporter of environmental policies and protection. In this speech delivered on May 16th, 1908, President Roosevelt charges conservation as a national responsibility.Pair these two texts by the same author and have students compare the styles, tone, and themes of each. How does learning more about Roosevelt’s struggle to enact policies of environmental protection help develop your perception of him, as formed by your reading of “The Man in the Arena” speech? Do you think he followed his own advice?
"Richard Nixon's Resignation Speech" explains how Nixon is resigning from the office of president for the good of the American people and focuses on the positive elements of Nixon's legacy.Pair “Watergate – Undoing a President” with “The Man in the Arena” and ask students to discuss if President Nixon accurately captured the spirit of Roosevelt’s speech. Ask students to discuss whether they think Roosevelt would approve of Nixon’s use of his speech.