How would I write an essay comparing and contrasting "Fish Cheeks" by Amy Tan and "Museum" by Naomi Shibab Nye?

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When writing an essay comparing and contrasting “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan and “Museum” by Naomi Shihab Nye, you can examine the narrators, their reactions to their situations, and what their reactions reveals about them. First, consider that the narrators themselves are at different places in their lives.

Although both girls technically are teenagers according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Tan (age fourteen) is in the stage of Early Adolescence while Nye (age seventeen) is nearly out of the stage of Middle Adolescence. Experiencing puberty, Tan demonstrates increasing sexual interest, evidenced by her attraction to blond Caucasian boy that contrasts with and is outside of her Chinese-American community. Developmentally, she is still quite young, self-conscious, and focused on herself. The Christmas Eve dinner becomes all about her—her embarrassment at the food her mother serves, her horror at her father’s manners, and her family’s cultural divide from the American...

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