by Nikolai Gogol
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.
The Model MillionaireOscar Wilde
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854B1900) was an Irish author and playwright who is most famous for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. "The Model Millionaire" is a about an average man whose generosity produces an unexpected outcome.Pair “The Nose” with “The Model Millionaire” to teach students how appearance is perceived in terms of a person’s identity.
Excerpt from "The Overcoat"Nikolai Gogol
In this excerpt from Nikolai Gogol's short story "The Overcoat," a man is harassed by his coworkers as he attempts to work.Pair “The Nose” with “Excerpt from The Overcoat” to provide students with another example of Nikolai Gogol’s writing. Ask students to compare the tones of the two stories. How does the author develop the vastly different tones of “The Nose” and “The Overcoat”?
The Falling GirlDino Buzzati (translated by Lawrence Venuti)
In "The Falling Girl," a 19-year-old girl falls from the top of a skyscraper and encounters various people inside the building as she descends towards the ground.Pair “The Nose” with “The Falling Girl” and ask students to identify common elements of magical realism. Despite having been written over a century apart, how do both texts use hallmarks of magical realism to convey a theme? What examples can you find of both realism and magic in each text? Can you think of more modern examples of this combination of realism and magic, designed to make a bigger point?