Comparing and Contrasting "The Rain of Gold" by Victor Villasenor and "The Odyssey" by Homer

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Comparison Essay - Rain of Gold and The Odyssey

Authors tend to share similar approaches to the style in which they write and the techniques they use. Whether because of comparable characters or because of similar events that take place in two stories, stories often seem to follow similar trails and portray related stories. The Odyssey by Homer and Rain of Gold by Victor Villaseñor are two such stories that follow comparable trails. Throughout the journey of life and struggles which characters in both stories must overcome, a similarity can be seen in characters, opposing forces and themes, and the stylistic techniques in which the two authors write.

The story Rain of Gold is a tale of two families who eventually become related through a marriage. The tale begins with the story of a young girl named Lupe and her family. Lupe and her family lived in La Lluvia de Oro, a Mexican city, during the Revolution.

The story quickly changes scenes however and focuses in on Juan Villaseñor and his family, who also live in Mexico. The stories of Juan and Lupe are then woven together and result in the meeting of Juan and Lupe. Juan and Lupe fall in love, and eventually get married. This story, although seemingly pleasant, is in fact a struggle and a tremendous journey towards acceptance.

On the other hand, the epic poem, The Odyssey, is the tale of a Greek hero of the Trojan War, Odysseus. His twenty-year journey, which began in Troy and ended with his return to Ithaka, exposes a life filled with suffering during his journey to return to his home and his loved ones. During the twenty years away from his home, his wife Penelope, and his son Telemachos, Odysseus encounters many strange characters and learned many of life's...