Compare and Contrast Marigolds and Thank You Mam
Compare and Contrast Essay
The two stories that were chose to complete my essay on are "Marigolds" by Eugenia W. Collier, and "Thank You M'am", by Langston Hughes. These stories were choose because they share a common theme of "Coming of Age" as stated in the Elements of Literature book. In example, in each story the main characters learns a lesson from a certain experience and become more mature afterwards.
The setting in both stories are similar but have some differences. "Thank You M'am" is set in Harlem, New York at 11 o'clock at night, while"Marigolds"is set in Maryland in 1930 during The Great Depression. Roger, from "Thank You M'am," says at one point in the story that he has no one to look after him at home, so you know that all of the characters must be dealing with something similar to The Great Depression. Both one is set in a rural location while the other in an urban location.
The main characters, Roger and Lizabeth, also have similarities and differences. They both are young and naïve and both ate bothering an older woman. Roger tries to steal Mrs Luella Bates purse and Lizabeth throws rocks at Miss Lottie's marigolds. The old woman are very different from each other. Mrs. Luella Bates is strong and sassy while Miss Lottie is broken and quiet. The differences between the main characters are is their gender and the lesson they learn.
There are three types of conflicts in a story; man vs self, and man vs man, Both stories have similar conflicts, and some different. For the man vs self conflict, Roger has to decide whether he can trust Mrs. Luella Bates and Lizabeth have to deal with growing out of her innocence and into maturity. Lastly,for manvs man Mrs. Luella Bates and Miss Lottie both have a conflict with Roger and Lizabeth bothering them.