Mr Thomas — Lynden Christian High School English
The Universal Story: What Makes it Work?
The following two stories are different — they do not tell the same story, present the same message, or argue the same point. However, they are — literarily speaking — the same. As you read them, pay attention to characters, conflicts, and resolutions. Then, in a comparative OCI paragraph, answer the prompt:
“What makes these stories work?”
Story 1: Brer Rabbit
Story 2: Aesop
As you write, use punctuation to stop and start your sentences — this will be an exercise in style. Try and use as much detail as you can — literary techniques, themes, settings, symbols. It should not be too brief a paragraph:
Consider the Following:
colon — emphasizes a point
The stories are alike: they _________, they ___________, they _________
semi-colon- continues a related idea (moves from general to specific)
The stories are alike; they both make use of . . .
dash — an aside (takes argument in another direction)
The stories are alike — though the characters differ — because they . . .
parenthesis – adds small bits of related information
The stories are the same (they both ________)