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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"The Ninny" And "The Governess"

"The Ninny" by Anton Chekhov and "The Governess" by Neil Simon, while they have the same concept and plot, share their differences and similarities. Firstly, the authors altered between methods of writing. Neil Simon chose to write his version in the form of a script of a play. Anton Chekhov on the other hand, wrote his version through the regular fashion with paragraphs of text and dialogue. Another difference between the stories is that the employer's gender differed between each version. "The Ninny" contained a masculine employer while "The Governess" contained a feminine employer. Characterization is a major similarity between the two stories. In both "The Ninny" and "The Governess" the employees were depicted as passive, submissive, and agreeable. Both the employees did show distraught towards the employer's discrepancies and attempted to speak out, only to accept the unjustly deducted salary.

While both stories taught the same morals, I personally enjoyed Anton Chekhov's version. The more old-fashioned sense behind "The Ninny" appealed to me rather than "The Governess" and its more modern sense. On the subject of the humor in "The Governess," I don't see it. Both versions have the employer constantly state that they took a note of it in an irritating manner so it somewhat baffles me. Also, the governess in "The Ninny" did not speak as much as the one in "The Governess" which created a significant impact towards the sorrow you feel for her.

Regarding advice on how to stand up for one's self in a respectful manner, it is not as complex as many say it is. Eye contact and body posture contribute greatly and can generate more positive results compared to constantly lowering one's head and slouching over. Making one's voice clear with no stammering is also a factor. Present yourself in a polite manner, excessive aggression should not be utilized. Discuss the issue at hand and come to a resolution. If the person you are conferring with refuses to, calling upon authority may be a necessary resort.


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