The Common Reader By Ann Hood And Once More Than The Lake By E. B. White

1461 Words Oct 31st, 2016 6 Pages
The collection of essays that composed the fifth section in the “Common Reader” – Family Life, and Gender Roles, were exceptionally interesting and incorporated valuable morals that can be applied on a universal level such as childhood, homosexuality, and the importance of family in human development and behavior. Two clear examples that uphold this moral-universalism are ‘Street Scenes’ written by Ann Hood and ‘Once More to the Lake’ by E. B. White – both essays are personal narratives that reflect upon the authors’ childhood experiences, and their quest for self-liberation through a series of similar rhetorical strategies. Nevertheless, each author seems to have their own motives for writing, and they do so in a different way, which fairly echoes each author’s social status, gender, and their unique values pertaining to family. Unquestionably, both White and Hood elaborated a well-structured essay reminiscing about their childhood, and they accomplished what they had set to accomplish; however, Hood does a more effective job overall in her storytelling. First, her essay resonated more with me as a writer because her portrayal of family in her storytelling is significantly more contemporary, which escalated the essay’s relevance and applicability. More importantly, the themes and lessons of a haunting childhood whether implicitly or explicitly incorporated into her essay align with the reality of millions of Americans – unlike White’s philosophical storytelling, which was…

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