Yingting Li/Mert Seymen
May 25, 2013
A Comparitive Essay
"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a novel written by Harper Lee, narrated by Scout
about her father named Atticus, who defends a black man in the early 1930's.
Meanwhile, "The Lamp at Noon" is a short fiction by Sinclair Ross, about a farmer
Paul and his wife Ellen inability to compromise with each other; but their relationship
becomes stronger at the end. There are many similarities and differences between
these two works, of which can be seen if one compares their literary devices,
characters of Atticus and Paul, and theme of Sacrifice that can improve a situation.
To begin, these two stories demonstrate commonalities in literary devices. For
example, they both have simile. In the short text, description of sky when Paul finally
found Helen, "[...] sun raced like a wizened orange."() it uses "wizened orange"
analogy with the sun. Meanwhile, in the novel, narrative by Scout says, "Aunt
Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a hand into a glove." Obviously,
world cannot be a hand into a glove. But it shows Scout's opinion towards aunt
Alexandra. Next, both works have personification. In the short story, according to the
narrative, Paul and a mare named Bess, "[...] they are comforting and assuring each
other." () Surely, a mare cannot "comforting and assuring" with Paul, the writer has
given the mare human feeling. Likewise, there is also personification in Lee's work.
For example, Scout says she sees in the oak tree y the Radley house, "some tin foil[...]
winking at me."(44) which turns out to e gum. Indeed, winking is a human action.
Last, foreshadowing both has shown in two texts. In "To Kill a Mockingbird", the
small town has very cold weather that children never seen before. It foreshadows Mrs.
Radley's death. Also, the fire truck breaks downs, fire...