The two short stories that I am comparing are " My brother's keeper" by Geoffrey
Philp and " Do angels wear brassieres?" by Olive Senior. "My brother's keeper" talked
about history ,race , identity, friendship, family, age, motherhood and sexuality and how
they are defined around cultural and traditional positions. It is about a young man named
Paul and his account of the changes he went through dealing with a step brother he did
not even know existed until the very first day the boy showed up at their door . His step-
brother's name was David and he was coming from America where he was lived with
his mother and father until their death. " Do angels wear brassieres?" is about little girl
named Beccka's quest for knowledge and what she had to go through as a teenager living
with two females in one house .In this story I saw the relationships among family,
friendship, motherhood,voice, tradition, ethnicity and how these fit into the identity of the
individual in addition to their gender ,age and sexuality.
Although " My brother's keeper" and "Do angels wear brassieres?" were written
by two different authors, they had a lot in common .Both of them were set in
the island country of Jamaica and were about single families. From the beginning, the
narrator in " My brother's keep" had anger in his voice. His anger was towards this new
boy coming into his life. But that anger turns into compassion by the end of the story.
" Do angels wear brassieres?" also had tones of anger throughout the story coming from
different people at different times towards Beccka . Relating this to the family ,I saw how
age marginalized relationships in and outside of the family. Even though Beccka sounded
intelligent, she was not allowed to voice her thought because she was a child'.
Both stories are similar...