Please write aÂ comparison/contrast essay of 1000 wordsÂ or more discussing the questions below. Remember to begin your paper with an engaging introduction and clear thesis statement, develop each point in the body of your paper using examples and quotes from the stories, and conclude your paper with a restatement of your thesis and closing remarks. Also, be sure to maintain your credibility by including in-text citations and a reference list correctly formatted in APA style.
- Setting: In many ways the two short stories are set in radically different times and places. There is, however, at least one commonality that both settings share. Discuss the differences and at least one similarity.
- â€œLove in L.A.:â€ Describe Jake, the main character. What kind of man is he? Is he the storyâ€™s protagonist or antagonist? Explain your answer. Describe Mariana. How does she perceive her interactions with Jake? In what ways are his intentions different from hers?
- â€œA Good Man Is Hard to Find:â€ Discuss the personalities and motives (i.e., what does each seem toÂ want?) of the following characters: the grandmother, Bailey, the childrenâ€™s mother, the children, Red Sammy Butts, The Misfit, and the other two escaped criminals.
- â€œLove in L.A.:â€ Both the car and freeway are symbolic in this story. What is the deeper meaning of each?
- â€œA Good Man Is Hard to Find:â€ What do each of these symbolize: the grandmotherâ€™s hat, the town of Toomsboro (hint: â€œToomâ€ sounds strikingly similar to another word) and The Misfitâ€™s car?
- Themes: What are the main themes/messages of each piece? What, in other words, do you think the authors, Dagoberto Gilb and Flannery Oâ€™Connor, are trying to communicate about life and human nature in their respective stories?
- Tone: What does Gilbâ€™s tone seem to reveal about his attitude toward the characters and plot in â€œLove in L.A.?â€ Likewise, what does Oâ€™Connorâ€™s tone seem to tell us about her attitude toward the characters and plot in â€œA Good Man Is Hard to Find?â€
- Irony: In what ways do the titles of both stories contain irony?
- Moral Codes: (A moral code is an individualâ€™s internal set of beliefs and principles that guides their conduct toward others. Everyone has a moral code, although not everyoneâ€™s behavior is necessarily â€œmoralâ€ or law-abiding.)
- â€œLove in L.A.:â€ What is Jakesâ€™ moral code? Elaborate on your answer, using at leastÂ two examples from the story to support your opinion.
- â€œA Good Man Is Hard to Find:â€ By what moral codes do the grandmother and The Misfit live by? What external influences (upbringing, faith, experiences, etc.) have shaped their codes? Discuss the â€œgoodnessâ€ (or lack thereof) of both characters. Do they or anyone else in the story qualify as a â€œgood man?â€ Why or why not?
- Final Thoughts: Literature intersects with many areas of our lives, often providing commentary on cultural norms, andâ€”in the case of the Oâ€™Connor storyâ€”the influence of religion on individuals and societies. In what ways has reading â€œLove in L.A.â€ and â€œA Good Man Is Hard to Findâ€ impacted your own views on love, â€œgoodnessâ€ and religious faith?