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Blogpost 2 (part 2) Comparison of Chopin and Twain

One major difference between Mark Twain’s stories and Kate Chopin’s stories is the use of realism to depict human nature.  Twain focuses on the greed and on the moral corruption of people.  For example in the “Bad Little Boy” the boy just did bad things and did not care for the consequences and did not come to grief.  In the “Recording Angel”, the wishes that Andrew Langdon wished for were horrible, such as the economic destruction of competing companies.  Kate Chopin’s realism showed humans in a more emotional light.  In “Beyond the Bayou” and La belle Zoraide, the relationship between former slave and master were close and sort of loving (Cheri and Jacqueline, Manna Loulou and her mistress).

The stories are similar in the sense that they both address slavery and use the Pre and Post Civil War settings that creates meaning and contributes to the theme.  In a “True Story” this is the case.  This story is about a former slave that tells her story and this describes what a woman had to go through, having her children taken away from her because of slavery.  In “La belle Zoraide”, La belle Zoraide had to go through something similar.  She could not marry the man shew wanted because her master did not let her.  The setting in both stories are important because it is where slavery is prevalent.


2 Comments

  1. sbeheri98 says:

    I agree with the comparisons you made regarding Kate Chopin and Mark Twain. Twain has a much darker, pessimistic, and cynical view of how humans act while Chopin likes to show humans in a more positive and optimistic light. The comparisons between how they both used slavery is also accurate as they both lived in the same era of slavery and so they practically understood the whole idea of it.

  2. hmahmoud11 says:

    I wouldn’t say his writing is cynical and pessimistic, but the way he uses religious satire is what makes his writing come off as pessimistic. This can also be linked back to his own upbringing as said in the Preface, Twain grew up a Calvinist and was taught that essentially all the human race was damned to hell no matter what they do.

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