by Guy de Maupassant
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
- Edgar Allan Poe
Poe's poem, “Annabel Lee” was published in 1849 and is the last complete poem published by Poe before his death. It recounts the early romance of the speaker’s now-dead lover.Pair “Was It a Dream?” with “Annabel Lee” and ask students to compare the narrators. How are their tones similar? What language choices do the authors make to create these tones? How would the tone of each of these texts be different if told from perspectives of the deceased female characters?
A Dead Woman's Secret
- Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant was a popular French writer during the 19th century and considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. In this story, a brother and sister mourn the passing of their saintly mother and uncover a shocking secret.Pair “Was It a Dream?” with “A Dead Woman’s Secret” and ask students to compare the themes of the two pieces. What can we learn about de Maupassant’s style as a writer through this comparison? What themes and motifs did he commonly use? What themes do the two stories share and how do they deal with these themes differently?