Cage Bird and How to Say Nothing in 500 Words

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To truly compare or justify anything to be superior to something else, you must have more than one thing to compare. When I start to review narrative and descriptive essays, I have to try to understand what separates the two. I chose to compare “Caged Bird”, by Maya Angelou as my Descriptive essay and “How to say nothing in 500 words”, by Paul McHenry Roberts as my narrative essay. To me these two essays set themselves apart from each other, not just because of the different styles of writers, but the meaningful message that was delivered in both essays. While both of these essays have a strong message that it delivers, but only one truly keeps my attention, answers all of my questions, and helps me to imagine every word that is in the…show more content…
I could really envision what the bird was thinking of in the Caged Bird essay, the words help you to picture what you cannot see. For example, “The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn and he names the sky his own”, Angelou, M. (1983). I really can picture the bird imagining this or just reflecting on a past event that it experienced on an earlier day. All of the essentials for a good descriptive essay, were found in this essay, but to me the format was more familiar to the format of a poem and left me wanting more. I found myself wanting more details and a further description of what the bird was experiencing or just more to read because it actually peeked my interest as to what was going on with this bird. Good narrative essays in preparation the writer determines a purpose of the narrative, considers the audience, develops a thesis and a good plot. In addition to these tools for a good narrative, the writer also anticipates and answers possible reader questions, uses language and dialogue effectively, as well as maintains clear narrative order of the essay. How to say nothing in 500 words is the narrative essay that I picked to compare and I must say that the writer clearly knew what it took to create a great narrative essay. The writer Paul McHenry Roberts sucks you in with the title of his essay and just keeps

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