Are you intersted in trying out a parallel text without committing to a whole novel? You’re in luck! In addition to continuing to develop our bridge and parallel text versions of Classic novels, we have been working on developing parallel texts for Classic short stories. They have been added to our product page. (Check out our previous blog post outlining methods for reading a parallel text.) Here are the recently-added texts:
The Tell-Tale Heart
“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe is a well-known horror short story. The story takes us inside the mind of a madman as he attempts to convince us of how sane (and even ingenious) he actually is. This is a great short story to choose if you want one that exemplifies an unreliable narrator, suspense, or literary elements like onomatopoeia and repetition.
Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment
“Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” by Nathaniel Hawthorne falls more into the science fiction realm. Dr. Heidegger is known for his crazy experiments, and he invites a few friends to participate in his most recent experiment. This experiment gives them the opportunity to relive their past in a way, but will they still make the same mistakes that they made in their youth over again? This story is great for focusing on theme, foreshadowing, and symbolism.
The Monkey’s Paw
“The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs could be considered more of a horror-fantasy story. In the story, a family acquires a monkey’s paw, which supposedly grants three wishes. But these wishes come at a great cost. This story would be a great pick if you want to focus on inferring, predicting, and cause-and-effect. Plus, fun fact, there is an allusion to it (technically more than one) in the movie Wonder Woman 1984.
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