Running Head: COMPARE AND CONTRAST I WANT A WIFE AND CAGED BIRD1+Compare and Contrast I Want a Wife and Caged BirdENG 121 English Composition 1Instructor: November 11, 2013
COMPARE AND CONTRAST I WANT A WIFE AND CAGED BIRD2Compare and Contrast I Want a Wife and Caged BirdIn this essay, I will give you the definitions between a narrative essay and a descriptive essay. I will also give you a brief bio of the two authors Judy Brady and Maya Angelou. Therefore, I will then start by telling you the difference between Judy Brady essay and Maya Angelou essay, Angelou’s essay is poetic and storytelling. Brady’s narrates about a man and his ideal wife. Lastly, I will be comparing and contrasting the two essays. The two essays have similarities of descriptive character but have different meaning. A narrative essay is an example of a story that a writer writes using his or her point of view. The writer only gives details that they feel are necessary or from what they observed. When you use good details you don’t just tell a story; you show it. The aim for a writer in a narrative essay is to help the reader get involved in what is happening in the story using vivid details while telling the story. A descriptive essay shows a reader what a person, place, or thing is like. When a writer wants to explain something in detail, they will use striking words that helps create a vivid image or picture in the minds of the readers. A narrative essay is just like a descriptive essay; they both rely on specific details. Judy Brady (1937- ) was born in San Francisco, California and she earned her B.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1962. Judy Brady is a feminist, a political and environmental activist especially having to do with cancer-related issues, and a freelance writer (Miller, 2010). As a freelance writer, Brady has written essays on topics such as union organizing, abortion, and the role of women in society (Miller, 2010). Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri she is known to be writer and a civil rights activist. Maya Angelou is known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman (Angelou, 2013).