These pieces are unique, but they do share some similarities. One similarity is that they are both written in first person, the characters are talking about themselves and their experiences. The most obvious similarity in my opinion is that they are both fantasy. They both talk about doing things that are inconceivable. They make you believe that the impossible is possible. The people in these stories might be thought of as magical or other-worldly because flying and walking through walls defy the laws of physics.
“I, Icarus” and “Walking Through a Wall” might be similar but there are many differences too. One difference that isn’t hard to spot is that the character in “I, Icarus” is telling the reader a story about how he can fly, he wants the reader to believe that he is telling the truth. It seems as though the character is the only one that can fly. “Walking Through a Wall” on the other hand is basically giving the reader instructions on how to walk through a wall, it tells us which kinds of walls are the best and which ones to avoid.
Both of these pieces are interesting, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be “Walking Through a Wall”. It is my favorite because I could relate to it more than “I, Icarus”. Walls are things that you see everyday, they are always there to block your path. Being able to walk through walls would be a great energy saver. Although flying would make everyday life easier too, it’s not something you think of on a daily basis. Another thing I liked about Louis Jenkins’ piece was that it gave you directions on how to perform the task. It was very persuading and it made me want to jump out of my chair, put my hands on a wall and walk through it.
“Walking Through a Wall” and “I, Icarus” can be...