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.