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Isaiah Oliver
10/17 Discussion Board
Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:44pm
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For this paper, I will be doing the comparison and contrast; but for me, it’s been very difficult trying to figure out which stories I would like to do. That’s where doing the theme paper comes to the back of my head. The selection of literature we have already read makes me question whether I’d like to do the comparison and contrast or the theme. When coming to this decision, it’s even more difficult than I thought because I can choose stories that we haven’t read as a class, and with that in mind, I’ve come to an understanding that there are probably more stories or better stories to compare than the ones we have already read through. The stories I have considered comparing are “The Human Fly” and “Little Fur People”; these two were my choices because they both deal with obsession that leads the character to a road of rejection or even death. In “The Human Fly”, he had an obsession with becoming famous; he was willing to do any and everything for people to know who he was. Throughout the story, he was so obsessed with what everyone else thought, that he didn’t even take the time to take care of himself; which led to self-demise. At the end of the story, he attained his dream through trying a stunt that got him killed. In “Little Fur People” there was an older lady who took care of injured squirrels, but through she grows a bond that’s quite unusual; she begins to see them as her babies. She became so obsessed with the squirrels that her own daughter was unable to keep a healthy relationship with her. Her obsession may not have led to death, but it lead to her isolation from her family and living a life outside of the care taker of the squirrels. I feel like these two stories will be a good comparison and contrast because they both show the selfishness that comes with their obsessions. Also their obsessions are so overwhelming that they began to consume not only their mental well-being, but their physical well-being and their relationship with others

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