Comparative analysis of two stories: 'My brother's keeper ' ' and Do angels wear brassieres?' The two short stories that I am comparing are ' My brother's keeper' by Geoffrey Philp and ' Do angels wear brassieres?' by Olive Senior. 'My brother's keeper' talked about history, race, identity, friendship, family, age, motherhood and sexuality and how they are defined around cultural and traditional positions. It is about a young man named Paul and his account of the changes he went through dealing with a step brother he did not even know existed until the very first day the boy showed up at their door. His step-brother's name was David and he was coming from America where he was lived with his mother and father until their death.
' Do angels wear brassieres?' is about little girl named Beccka's quest for knowledge and what she had to go through as a teenager living with two females in one house. In this story I saw the relationships among family, friendship, motherhood, voice, tradition, ethnicity and how these fit into the identity of the individual in addition to their gender, age and sexuality. Although ' My brother's keeper' and 'Do angels wear brassieres?' were written by two different authors, they had a lot in common. Both of them were set in the island country of Jamaica and were about single families. From the beginning, the narrator in ' My brother's keep' had anger in his voice. His anger was towards this new boy coming into his life.
But that anger turns into compassion by the end of the story. ' Do angels wear brassieres?' also had tones of anger throughout the story coming from different people at different times towards Beccka. Relating this to the family, I saw how age marginalized relationships in and outside of the family. Even though Beccka sounded intelligent, she was not allowed to voice her thought because she was a 'child'. Both stories are similar in various ways addressing the problems existing in their society. For instance, in 'My brother's keeper ' and ' Do angels wear brassieres?' , both writers address the fact that migration to ' greener pastures' was common the sense of belonging, the idea of pride in one's family, the poverty that most people had to live with and the strong believe in religion (Christianity) were central to the Jamaican society.
From both stories, I saw that in terms of family, it is very female centered. Both Paul and Beccka did not have their fathers living with them. In ' Do angels wear brassieres?' , Beccka was so inquisitive that her own mother and Aunt thought she was possessed. Compared to the Beccka character in ' Do angels wear brassieres?' , Paul in ' My brother's keeper' was not as curious. He was withdrawn and seemed content with what he already knew.
He was angry at David, his step-brother who, coming from a different cultural background is used to doing things differently. Both 'My brother's keeper ' and ' Do angels wear brassieres?' make very interesting reading.