Compare the short stories ‘The Birth Mark’ and ‘Battle Royal’:

There are two novels that at first glance to be totally unrelated in content and message. The first being ‘The Birth Mark’ and the second being ‘Battle Royal’. Upon looking at these two books, at first one would think them to be about as far apart as two short stories could possibly get. However, if one is to read and reflect on each in and of its own worth, yes, they are different. Then if you are to compare the two novels, there are some similarities to be found but best unearthed by the reader and not by another’s summarization, yet that is what the attempt to be made is. Then it starts to make sense.

First, the book ‘The Birth Mark’ starts off to tell a story of which broken down is basically a man’s journey into what is beautiful or perfect by all means of human nature and yet how human nature can take what one might see as beautiful or perfect and turn it into ugly or abysmal.

Secondly, when compared to the book “Battle Royal’, we again delve into a story of human nature of how one can take a difference in a human being and turn their thoughts into portraying them as something else. Something not human due to a difference it has to other humans. In this short story we are made to think that the good side of human nature will pull through in the end, yet it is held back.

Finally, when both stories are compared to the other they both seem to be presenting the same moral of the story. Both speak of human nature and how other humans can take what is beautiful by means of what others say, or in the second novel, different by means of race also as well as by what others say. So at first glimpse these books seem different, but in the end they both show their true color of humanity to those who are willing to see beyond what others say and label as beautiful or different.

In conclusion you have two stories very different in content and words written within yet are very much the same in the end message delivered by both as far as taking a look into human nature from different points of view. The conclusion between the two stories is almost like living the story yourself as it is you who make the decision on if the story is the same or different by what human nature tells the reader when comparing both.

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