Length: minimum 7 pages, typed, double spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font No
Length: minimum 7 pages, typed, double spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font
Novels: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Compare and contrast the following combination of characters:
Star from The Hate U Give and Zélie from Children of Blood and Bone
Maverick from The Hate U Give and Tzain from Children of Blood and Bone
Hailey from The Hate U Give and Amari from Children of Blood and Bone
In comparing and contrasting, consider all of the following:
What similarities and differences do the characters share in their life journeys? In what ways are the characters similar and dissimilar in their reactions? What philosophical issues do the characters encounter and how are their reactions similar and dissimilar? What new perspectives or insights do these characters offer to you, as a reader?
Which of these characters do you have a positive or negative reaction to? Why? What character traits and insights evoke positive or negative reactions and why?
What are some of the philosophical themes you see in the novels? What do you think the author is trying to say about those themes and do you agree or disagree with what you perceive as the author’s message? Why?
Consider the following six thematic elements from The Hate U Give:
Class divisions and inequalities
Personalized (or personal) racism
Community, family, friendship
The underclass reclaiming power for themselves
How does the novel portray these thematic elements? Is the novel “successful” in its portrayal of these elements – to what extent does the author either succeed or fail in their depiction of these elements? What could the author do to improve these aspects of their novels if you think they are unsuccessful?
While The Hate U Give treats the above six elemements in a “straightforward” way, Children of Blood and Bone depicts the same elements in a metaphorical/allegorical way.
Discuss the metaphorical/allegorical ways in which Children of Blood and Bone addresses the six topics in part two.
What allegories or metaphors are used, and what are they meant to illustrate? (for example: Children of Blood and Bone uses class as a metaphor for race)
In what ways is the author successful in their use of these elements? Discuss how they are effective. To what extent do the metaphors/allegories “not work”? Why? In what areas is the author deficient? What could the author do to improve this aspect of their novel?
In parts two and three, you analyzed how each author depicted certain elements.
Now, consider The Hate U Give and Children of Blood and Bone in tandem.
Which approach is better? The more straightforward approach or the metaphorical approach? Why?
Are there parts better depicted one way or the other? If so, which parts and why?
Ultimately, as both novels covered similar thematic ground, which author is ultimately more successful in their approach? Why?