Compare And Contrast Two Thanksgiving Day

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When you think of sharing a meal together with others on Thanksgiving day, what do you think of? Do you celebrate any family traditions, or eat special food for the holidays? Are you with family, or friends, or both? Thanksgiving is different for everyone in many ways. The short story, “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen”, and the poem, “Thanksgiving”, demonstrate two different ways of celebrating Thanksgiving with many similarities and differences. They each share common traditions such as sharing thanks, spending time with others, and eating a large meal for Thanksgiving. The characters in both celebrate the holiday in a different way though, one with their family and the other with an old friend. “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen,” and “Thanksgiving,” …show more content…
“Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen” was written as a short story while “Thanksgiving” was written as a poem. The short story by O. Henry has a plot and characters, as well as has paragraphs and is relatively long. This shows it is a short story whereas “Thanksgiving”, the poem by Edgar Albert Guest, has stanzas instead of paragraphs, it rhymes, is shorter and doesn’t have distinct characters, which makes it a poem. “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen” also is written in third person point of view, however “Thanksgiving” is written in a first person point of view. Both “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen” and “Thanksgiving” are texts about a Thanksgiving dinner and sharing memories and traditions with others. Though they have similar themes and main ideas, they are written in different points of view and types of …show more content…
They both have a central focus of Thanksgiving or having a Thanksgiving dinner, but each is presented in a different way. They each have districts storylines, of how they each celebrate Thanksgiving, but show them in different ways. For instance, in “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen”, the main character is Stuffy Pete who is homeless. He is helped my many people throughout the story, who fed him and helped him have a good Thanksgiving. One of these helpers was the Old Gentlemen, who took him out to dinner each Thanksgiving. However, what he didn’t know was that Stuffy Pete had already just gotten food from two rich old ladies and he was just being polite. One “aha moment” and contrast and contradiction that happened in the story, which I wasn’t expecting, was that the Old Gentleman actually hadn’t eaten for three days even though he was trying to be polite and help Stuffy Pete get food for the holidays. “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen” was more serious than “Thanksgiving”, with a problem and a plot, where as the poem was more joyful and happy, like celebrating a normal family dinner at home. The poem was just a flashback to a Thanksgiving dinner with the author’s family, and was telling about the fun memories he had. The poem didn’t have a real problem, or real characters, it was just a summary of the author’s Thanksgiving meal. The poem

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