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21 October 2008

Comparative Literary Analysis

The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Le Thi Diem Thuy and Drown by Junot Diaz are two riveting literary masterpieces tackling the common theme of immigrants struggling to survive in America . Both books strike at the chord of every refugees or settlers in foreign land who , at some point in their lives , nurture hope of achieving a sense of belonging or acceptance in the land they where they have chosen to dwell and earn a living , but in

the process are alienated , dislocated and experience untold hardships and shattered dreams . Searching for the American dream is a recurrent theme in world literature , and two authors who adopt their own impressively unique styles of presenting this theme , alongside the maturation of main characters , are remarkable

Both literary pieces have striking similarities hinged on how the main character , presented as young and vulnerable , gradually comes to terms not only with inner turmoil and angsts but also with establishing an identity - with the influence of major forces as family , peers , the environment and culture into which the character is thrust -- upon entering the brink of adulthood . Both books also ignite reader attention as they effectively use the first person point of view . They are also similar in the sense that each title mirrors what the corresponding main character is all fired up to do . In The Gangster We Are All Looking For , the young girl aspires to be just that...

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