Compare and Contrast Essay
The setting of a story is the time and place in which the story takes place. The author may include a specific date or time period, or leave it up to the reader to determine a time period by suggesting certain events. The author may choose to give specific examples and clues as to where the story takes place or may suggest certain things to clue the reader to where the story is taking place. The theme of a piece of fiction is its controlling idea or its central insight. It is the unifying generalization about life stated or implied by the story. The theme of a story supports a view of life or reveals some insight into life. Another element of literature is the narrative voice and is told in what is called the point of view, it is who tells the story and how it gets told. These two parts of literature along with the setting are very important parts of fiction.
Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson and Alice Walkers Everyday Use are two stories of fiction, that both share elements and differ in many ways. The setting of each is different in many ways. The Lesson takes place in New York City, specifically in a department store. Before the department store it takes place in one of the ghettos of New York. In The Lesson Miss Moore takes the kids in her neighborhood to a department store to show them the things that people buy, and the things that they can buy. When you take a minute to actually think about what Miss Moore does you realize that she was showing the kids that they have the opportunity to have these things if they want too. She also implies that that having these things necessarily does not make you happy. These two things would be the theme of the story. Without the setting the story would not reveal that central theme.
The Lesson is written in first person, the narrator is telling the story in her own words. This aids in revealing the theme because you get to hear what goes through her mind, you understand her reactions to what she sees, and to what Miss Moore shows and tells them.
Alice Walker's Everyday Use takes place in rural Georgia. It was written during the black power movement, a time period when blacks rejected the change through peace doctrine that Martin Luther King Jr. preached to his people. During this movement blacks would commonly dress in African dress, and change there last name in hopes to connect to their past heritage and forget what the white man "forced" upon them. The theme could be described as: a person connects to there past through many different ways, in hopes to better their future. The...