Compare & Contrast: Homelessness is More Appealing Essay

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Homelessness is More Appealing
S. Michelini
ENG 121 English Composition I
Professor Beth Riley
October 23, 2013

Many of us will never be homeless, and not everyone understands the benefit of having a wife, but after reading the essays’, Homeless (Quindlen, A. n.d.) and I Want a Wife
(Brady, J. 1971), one can gain a better understanding of both. I am a wife. Therefore, I can certainly connect with the narrator’s story of I Want a Wife. This is a narrative essay, in which the narrator reflects on why she too would like to have a wife after a visit with a recently divorced male friend, who is looking for a new wife. The narrator gives a list of duties and activities she will and will not do if
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For me, both essays Homeless and I Want a Wife captured my interest with the very first sentence. When the opening sentence of an essay starts with “I belong to that classification of people known as wives,” (I Want a Wife) that certainly can catch the attention of another wife.
This opening drew me in because I wanted to know what she meant by this statement. The tone is set; wives are in a class of their own, and the narrator has my attention. Now, she will tell us from her point of view why she wants a wife, too.

Homeless, is similar in that it also grabs the reader just by introducing a character, location, and time of year in its brief opening sentence. However, I do think that this opening is more appealing than I Want a Wife. The details the narrator gives the reader create a clear mental image of the scene. In addition, the second sentence reveals just enough to keep the reader interested in what the narrator has to say, “I was doing a story on homeless people,”
(Homeless, para 1). Again, the tone is set; it is January at the bus terminal where the narrator, who is doing research on homeless people, meets such a person, Ann. It is also in the first sentence we know it is the narrator’s story as she describes her experience and conversation with
Ann. With the narrator sharing her experience and conversation with the reader, she has invited them into her story making it more personal.

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