What are two good literature books with corresponding themes I could write about in a comparative analytical essay ?For a school assignment we have to choose two literature books with similar...

What are two good literature books with corresponding themes I could write about in a comparative analytical essay ?

For a school assignment we have to choose two literature books with similar themes & ideas to write a comparative essay. I'm having a hard time picking which books to write about! When answering, please point out the similarities between the books and include a short summary.

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You might think about books which were written in response to or imitation of each other. For example, Virgil's Aenid continues the story of the character Aeneas who is known from the Iliad. Kate Chopin's The Awakening is a resetting of Flaubert's Madame Bovary in the United States. Jean Rhys' The Wide Sargasso Sea tells the story of Jane Eyre from the point of view of Bertha Mason. Derek Walcott's Omeros transplants the Odyssey to the Carribean.

One way to look for examoles would be to take a poem like the Homeric epics and look at works which respond to it over the centuries from Virgil through the present. Tennyson wrote several poems responding to Homer but shiftinbg time or point of view (Lotos Eaters, Ulysses, etc) and recent feminists have done the same (see e.g. Atwood's Siren Song). Choose one possible work and look at how it responds to an earlier work and the ways it is similar and different.

 

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