Deborah Tannen's 'Between The Sexes, A Great Divide'

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Molly Curcio November 13, 2011 Comparative Thesis Paper In both Deborah Tannen’s “Different Words, Different Worlds, and Anna Quindlen’s Between the Sexes, A Great Divide” an explanation is given about the differences between women and men. Both authors share some common themes. However, there are definitely major differences. Quindlen’s piece is not only significantly shorter but her writing style, examples, and opinions are a bit different. Tannen’s writing is lengthy, personal, analytical and well sourced. Even though the differences between these two pieces can easily be highlighted there are some similarities. Both Tannen and Quindlen believe there are obvious differences and similarities between men and women. However, when specifically observing the relationship between men and women Tannen believes the main differences lie in communication, reactions, the way life is approached and the dynamics of childhood.…show more content…
She begins with the description of a middle school dance, the girls are huddled in one corner and the boys in the other. After some time, one of the taller better looking boys gets the courage to ask the cutest girl to dance (Quindlen 600). Immediately, opinions are formed about both this boy and girl. Other boys will perceive this particular peer as dominant. This in return will give him power and respect. Similarly, to boys, girls will see this peer as popular. Yet, most other girls will probably dislike her due to jealousy. However, the most important aspect to this scene is the space on the dance floor. Quindlen suggests that males and females do eventually fill the space on the dance floor. They come together as partners, first at dances and latter in marriage (Quindlen 599). This particular part of Quindlen’s essay doesn’t really give the reader much insight. Although, most individuals have been through similar situations Quindlen doesn’t give any other evidence to back up her
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