Comparing The Chinese Seamstress And The Handsomest Drowned Man

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Uday Sethi English 10 Monday, October 5, 2015 Comparative Essay A seeking for identity shown through evolution takes place in both “The Chinese Seamstress” and “The Handsomest Drowned man”, seen through the development of characters from narrative stories that help them grow as individuals who live in societies that are isolated and unknown from the rest of the world. The way the narratives impact the characters and society in the two stories help them seek a new identity that could not be discovered without them. The novel “The Chinese Seamstress” is a great way to exemplify development of knowledge and character seen through two major characters, the narrator and the seamstress. The short story “The Handsomest Drowned man” shows a broader development of identity through a society. One of the important characters in the “The Chinese Seamstress” is the narrator, who is not only vital because he is the main character but also because he goes through a lot of development and evolution based of the narratives he reads. Four eyes, the narrators friend, had a stash of foreign books that he had received from his mother that were banned…show more content…
A dead man had appeared on this village’s island, and this man was like no other ordinary person they had seen, he was a lot bigger, muscular and handsome than anyone. As the people gathered around him they started imagining his life, “they thought that if that magnificent man were to live in the village, he would need to have had the widest doors, the highest ceiling, and the strongest floor…”(pg. 49). The village used the narratives created about this man to improve their village, not only for the better of the villagers but if anyone else different were to land on the island. This gave the people on the island greater cultural identity as they worked to become a more comforting and welcoming village as a

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