by Jack London
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 Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- Washington Irving
In “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a goofy-looking, superstitious schoolmaster named Ichabod Crane disappears mysteriously after an encounter with the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.Pair “Winged Blackmail” with “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and ask students to consider how both stories use fear not only as a means to manipulate, but also as a way to create suspense in the plot.
- Jack London
In Jack London’s “Love Letter,” London expresses a romantic, introspective view into his feelings of tenderness toward a fellow writer.Pair “Winged Blackmail” with “Love Letter,” both by Jack London, and ask students to compare the author’s dissimilar representations of fear in the two pieces. What do the characters in each text fear? Consider differences in style, tone, and themes.
Excerpt from The Tempest
- William Shakespeare
In this excerpt from The Tempest, a sorcerer named Prospero threatens Caliban, an inhabitant of the island he is stranded on, to do his bidding.Pair “Winged Blackmail” with “Excerpt from The Tempest” and ask students to discuss how fear is used to manipulate people. How do the characters in these two texts use threats to get others to do something for them? What do the characters want from those that they threaten? Do they get what they want? Why or why not?