Comparative Essay On "To Earn My Living" & A "Man Told Me The Story Of His Life", The Similarities And Differences Between Those Two Stories.

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Comparison EssayMost of the novels have their own characteristics and they are sometimes similar to each other. The two novels 'A man told me the story of his life' and 'To earn the living' have several similarities. For example, both characters presented in the two stories both feel the necessity to earn a living. This aspect makes these stories identical, because they are both based on the theme of changing their jobs in order to earn a living. However, there are actually more explicit differences between the two stories, since the author's style of the two stories are different. These differences will help you to understand the different style of writing, and how their stories differ while they have similar plots.The first difference between the two stories is that the protagonists' sexes are different. In 'A man told me the story of his life', the protagonist is a male since he introduces his family after his decision of becoming a cook: "I have three children. This is my wife, Consuela." (Grace Paley, 2001, pg.6.) From this sentence, it proves that Vincente is a male because he has his wife and three children in the story. But In 'To earn my living', the protagonist, Christine, is a female, which is implied on the quotation, "You poor girl!" said my mother." (Gabrielle Roy, 2001, pg.51.). Due to the difference of sex of the protagonist, the way the writers convey their stories differs greatly. 'To Earn My Living' has a much more feminine tone, whereas the other story has a much more masculine tone within the story. Therefore, the protagonists having different sex alter the entire tone of the story.The second difference the method used on conveying the story. In 'A man told me the story of his life', it doesn't mention much about the setting of the story such as the location setting or the time; the story gives you no detail information about the places or the time. For example, the story does not explain where or when Vincente existed. Setting description of this story does not make any contribution to the plot at all, so it makes the readers curious about the details of the plot or setting. On the other hand, in 'To earn my living', it mentions the settings much more clearly than the Vincente's story does. "One evening in my tiny attic room..." (Gabrielle Roy, 2001, pg.51.) From this sentence, the readers are able to know where and...

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