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Compare and Contrast 'Teresa's Wedding' by William Trevor and 'The Three Sisters' by Jan Austen

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Comparing Two Short Stories one pre twentieth century and one twentieth century. Compare and Contrast 'Teresa's Wedding' by William Trevor and 'The Three Sisters' by Jan Austen In my essay, I will be comparing the two short stories- 'Teresa's Wedding' written By William Trevor and 'The Three Sisters' written by Jane Austen. Jane Austen wrote her story during the pre-twentieth century in the old 19th century England; whilst William Trevor's story was written in the 20th century, set in Ireland. Both stories show the concepts of marriages, how one feel towards it and how they react. Although the stories appear to be very similar, they are equally different. Jane Austen and William Trevor have two different backgrounds and feeling on marriage, they both see marriage in altered views, this is what sets the stories apart. 'Teresa's Wedding' is built upon descriptions creating a sense of character and tone. We are shown this by, the way he speaks about the confetti "it lay thickly on the remains of the wedding cake, on the surface of the bar and the piano, on the table and on the two small chairs that the lounge bar contained'. ...read more.


On the other hand, 'Teresa's Wedding' is a traditional story that works upon society and builds up to a escalating climax. In 'The Three Sisters', as said before, Mary Stanhope is trying to one over her two sisters, also shows the Mary Stanhope does not value the meaning of love. Whilst reading 'The Three Sisters' we tend to feel that Mary Stanhope seems to be a young child in the body of a lady to an extent. Even though, she may be the eldest, Mary Stanhope seems to be very self-centred, judgemental and challenging. Within the passage itself, Mary has cleverly secreted the irony of humour, the reader has to unveil this as they read on. Jane Austen makes Mary Stanhope's character to have different sides to her as she is seemed to be intelligent in some ways however, it seems that she does not exactly know what she wants, her min changes often, we are shown this by her feelings towards Mr.Watts- "I hate him" and "I am the happiest creature in the world". ...read more.


This sentence shows confusion and a sense of thought; this may be the affect that Jane Austen covets. Jane Austen creates a sense of excitement and depth when Mary believes that she should have Mr Watts-'I believe that I should have him'. After comparing both stories, we can observe that 'Teresa's Wedding' and 'The Three Sister' are very alike yet, comparable. Jane Austen and William Trevor have different thoughts on love and society as both stories resemble on the different feeling and thoughts of love. William Trevor tries to put though to the readers that even no feeling is strong though. William Trevor's, thoughts on love may be very powerful that he believes that love always comes together in the end, and in his story, he shows this. "She felt that she and Artie might make some kind of marriage together because there was nothing that could be destroyed, no magic" Both 'Teresa's Wedding' and 'The Three Sisters' are equally superior, different elements of feeling and emotion have come together to produce excellence in a story. ...read more.

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