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Colorado Technical University Online
LITR201-1404A-04: Literature: A Reflection of Life
Phase 1 (IP) – Fiction: Our Values, Our Destinies
Comparison and Contrast Essay
Susan – Marie Balding, Professor
October 9, 2014Setting:
The differences between the two stories for me was that A Good Man Is Hard to Find centered around the grandmother, son, the wife, grandson, granddaughter, and the three criminals with one being the Misfit. Where the grandmother was only concerned about her and what she wanted. The Love in L.A story centered around Jake and Mariana where Jake was really only concerned about himself. The one thing that I found in common was that both stories involved car accidents.
Characters:
Love in L.A;
Jake was the kind of man that causes girls to dislike or distrust men, he was only concerned about himself, he lied, and provided fake information to Mariana. For me, Jake can be considered both a protagonist because he can be considered the leading character in the story, and the antagonist which would be the enemy – a liar and a cheat. Mariana appeared to be a young lady because she still lived at home and her father had purchased her car for her. She did not trust the information that Jake provided to her which was evident in the story when she pulled up behind Jakes car to write down his license plate information as she was very suspicious of him and his actions.
A Good Man Is Hard to Find;
The grandmother was all about what she wanted as she tried everything to convince her son to take everyone to Tennessee (where she wanted to go) instead of to Florida. The children were out of control as evident of the little girl screaming and the boy kicking the back of the driver’s car seat hard enough for the father to feel the blows in his kidney as he was driving. The father and mother seemed to be laid back folks who catered to the kids and the grandmother. Then there was the Misfit who appeared to be the leader of the other two escaped…

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Structure and Stylistic devices of “After twenty years” by O’ Henry Submitted to: Miss Sumera
Submitted by: Aniza BatoolDepartment of English language and literature university of Punjab Lahore. The title “After twenty years” shows the conflict of the story and irony that “After Twenty Years” the friendship was betrayed by Jimmy’s honesty and good character because after twenty years Jimmy Wells is now a policeman while Bob has become ‘Silky Bob,’ a criminal who is wanted in Chicago. When Bob strikes a match, Patrolman Wells recognizes his old friend and realizes he is a wanted criminal. But, “after twenty years,” he does not have the heart to arrest his old friend; consequently, he sends an undercover man to arrest his own friend. Who stands waiting in the doorway of the former restaurant. The title also depicts that that how “after twenty years” life of the people change as one becomes the policeman and the other become criminal.
The story “After Twenty Years” by O ‘Henry, begins with the policeman is walking down the street checking doors. He sees the man standing in the dim doorway smoking a cigarette. This doorway is on a city block that houses business that close early hours. The location is New York and at one time the store had been a restaurant. The wind is a little chilly. O henry paints a dark and abandon city street at midnight. Shades and dark element of the setting compliment the feeling of uncertainty.
The story action rises as policeman stops to talk to the man, and he is told about the childhood friends who agreed to meet at this very spot after 20 years. They talk about how the area has changed. And the man “Bob” recounts all his past memories. That “Twenty years ago to-night…He dined here at ‘Big Joe’ Brady’s with Jimmy Wells, his best chum. He and Jimmy were raised here in New York, just like two brothers He went to west and they made promise that they meet here after twenty years.
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