Comparing Two Short Stories -My Brother's Keeper and Do Angels Wear

Topics: Family, Stepfamily, Mother Pages: 3 (508 words) Published: April 20, 2002
Comparative analysis of two stories : "My brother's keeper " " and Do angels wear brassieres?"

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'.

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