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Compare and Contrast an Element of Fiction

I am stuck on a paper I have to write in my Freshmen College English class. The topic of the paper is as follows:

Compare/Contrast at least one element of fiction in at least stories. You can choose either formal element- such as setting, characters, narrator, or plot- or a theme, such as adolescence or black people's social position in 20th southern society.

The 2 stories I have chosen to write on is "Sweat" by Zora Hurston and "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker. The problem I am having is I can't seem to find 3 good points that are different and/or similar with these stories. My teacher really wants us to think about the characters, plot, setting and other elements and why the author put them in the stories.

If you could, I was wondering if you could give me some advice and help with finding 3 points I can cover in my paper.

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The two literary works you have chosen for comparative purposes are filled with critical works of symbolism. To help you along with your assignment I have listed the most salient features of each one.

Alice Walker - Everyday Use:

1. The story of a mother and her daughter's conflicting ideas about their identities and heritage.

2. The contrasting views on heritage between a mother and daughter teaches the lesson that
heritage should be valued for both it's usefulness as well as its personal significance.

3. The daughter erroneously believes that to be affirm her African heritage she must adopt an
African name and an African appearance. She does not realize that she was discarding her
true heritage passed along for generations. Moreover the daughter's new appearance was

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