Essay about Comparison & Contrast

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Essay 2 Scott Momaday’s “The Way to Rainy Mountain” and Bobbie Ann Mason’s “Being
Country” are two the texts to be compared. Though they share similarities, they too are quite different. They both share similar topics, in that they are two stories of cultures, but written from different perspectives of their cultures. Momaday is from the Kiowas tribe of the plains of
Oklahoma, and Mason from a farm in Mayfield, Kentucky. Both exhibit some comparisons, but mostly contrasts throughout their writing. Momaday’s American Indian heritage dates back to the 1880’s when his grandmother was born, where Mason’s dairy farm heritage takes place starting when she was born in 1940. I found both to be stories of each of the author’s lives
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Momaday shows contentment in his work.
Mason, on the other hand, shows more resentment in hers. Bobby Ann Mason begins by describing the simplicity of how her family lives. She begins this writing from when she was eleven years old. Her mom and Granny were very dedicated farm women. They took care of all of the food, clothing and just about anything else needed for them to run a household. As Mason shows, they prove to be very resourceful and are capable of making the most out of what they have available. On a typical day of food preparation by Mason’s mom and Granny, Mason screams
“Can’t y’all talk about anything but food? There was a shocked silence. ‘Well, what else is there”? Granny asked. Granny didn’t question a women’s duties, but I did. I wanted to be somebody, maybe an airline stewardess. Also, I had been listening to the radio. I had notions”
(106). She was beginning to develop her independence. Mason thought she would strive to better herself to not have to ‘suffer’ her mother’s fate. She almost seems to be developing anxiety and depression over food, though her family always seems to get by with plenty. “I think this dependence on nature was at the core of my rebellion. I hated the constant sense of helplessness before vast forces, the continuous threat of failure…I especially hated women’s part in the dependence” (106). She talks of
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