A Christmas Memory vs. The Grass Harp

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The two stories, “A Christmas Memory” and The Grass Harp are strikingly similar due to the fact that Truman Capote wrote both stories. The settings of both stories are very similar. In The Grass Harp the setting is very sullen: the season is fall, the days are always cloudy, and it is very slow moving in a small southern town. Similarly, “A Christmas Memory” has dismal and sluggish qualities of a southern, rural community in …

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…his separation from Cousin, “Life separates us. Those who Know Best decide that I belong in a military school.” All these events of separation cause loneliness and sadness in both stories. The emotions in both The Grass Harp and “A Christmas Memory” can be related back to the setting, because the setting and emotions are sad and morose. Truman Capote’s characters are very similar, possibly because these stories are about Capote’s own life.