Differences Between The "Color of Love" and "The Difference Between Pity and Empathy"

Jaqueline Soto
Professor Bromley
English 101
November 23, 2013

The Prison Door

Both Danzy Senna in the "Color of Love" and John A. Vaughn in "The Difference Between Pity and Empathy" discuss how the author feels at an uncomfortable situation. The authors both reach similar conclusions through very different methods. Neither character relates to well to the person they are dealing with and both are unhappy by the situation. On the other hand, even though they both did not see eye to eye at first, they both are caring and wants to help the other person. "In The Color of Love". Danzy Senna who is a biracial woman, deals with her grandmother who is very racist. In "The Difference ...

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and rude to the maid who had only broken a vase. Senna was not able to keep inside how angry she felt about the way her grandmother treats others who are not the same rank as her. On the other hand, when Dr. Vaughn's first patient acted in a mean and rude way to him, he did his best not to show how upset he felt while continuing with his examination. The patient made the doctor feel uncomfortable by telling him that he was gay and of his sexual experiences (148). The patient's reason for trying to make the doctor upset was because he was angry that he was dying so soon. So he wanted to make the doctor feel as badly as he felt. Both authors reacted differently. Senna could not keep quiet about how she felt, while the doctor tried his best not to show his true feelings. Also, both Senna's grandmother and the doctor, unintentionally made the other person feel upset. "In The Color of Love", Senna's grandmother was accustomed to treating maids in a disrespectful way. Her grandmother ...

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in a fascinating way. After Senna stood up to her grandmother, they became very close. The grandmother saw in Senna a part of her in her attitude and response (18). Before, the only thing they had in common was that they were both writers.

Immediately after their argument, the grandmother realized that Senna was as stubborn as she was, her exact words were "You are a cruel girl" (17). Despite all their differences, they began to spend more time together. Her granddaughter began to visit her more often and enjoyed talking about her writing projects and they ate nuts. As opposed to the doctor whom after making his morning rounds, was able to see his patient in a different way (149). ...

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