Letter From John Steinbeck: A Life In Love, Characters And Characteristics Of A Letter

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In the following paper, I will be comparing a letter from John Steinbeck, adapted from “Steinbeck: a life in letters” to his eldest son Thom, with a comic strip by Ken Cursoe, both of which explore the virtues- or not- of being in love. Both texts 1 and 2 from section A, share a common theme which is love, but differ in the topic. While text 1 talks about being in love, text 2 delves into the characteristics of a relationship. Both texts texts differ in the way they try to deliver their message. While text 1 uses sincerity, text 2 is using humor. Despite their commonalities, like the fact that they are both a response for someone seeking advice in love, each text uses the resources that fit them better in order to do so. They differ in text type, audience and purpose. Therefore I will analyse, compare and contrast both texts, including similarities and differences, with the significance of context, audience,and style of text 1 and 2 that share a same theme, with different purposes.

One could think that love related topics are, or should be always something nice and positive. However, when we analyze carefully the reality of a relationship, one could criticize more than one fact about being in one, such as Ken Cursoe in his weekly advice comic strip (text 2), whose purpose was to criticize while giving advice about being in a relationship. However, there is also a more positive look to love, clearly expressed by Steinbeck in his letter (text 1), when he is explaining what

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