Sibling Rivalry


Look at the questions on page 360 in your textbook. Choose two questions to write about in your essay. Select from Making Comparisons number 1, 2, or 3. You many also chose question 2 from Writing About Issues. This gives you 4 choices of questions from which to pick 2 to answer in one essay. Make sure that you will be able to include examples from each story and from your own observations to make your comparisons and your points.

You should identify which 2 questions you selected and you should answer them separately, but you should blend the two questions into one essay with a good transition. A transition is a sentence near the beginning of a paragraph that links two different ideas together. Each of the 4 questions has enough similar elements for you to transition smoothly to the next question as you craft your essay.

Making Specific Points: You must make about 2 or 3 clearly understandable and concise points regarding your chosen topic. These points should be backed up by examples from the readings and your own life experiences (or observations you have made of real people during your lifetime).

Refer to the lecture/lesson on Writing about Stories.

Starting the Paper: In the first paragraph, select an example from one of the stories and explain your interpretation of it to the reader as it relates to the question that you chose to answer. Be sure to include the number of the question you are answering and your issue, topic, or main point. Connect this example to your topic and one of your specific points within the topic. Continue to provide examples and use them to explain your points. Continue in this way until you conclude your essay with a summary of your points. Make sure to divide the essay into paragraphs with one main idea each (around 4-6 sentences per paragraph).


Sibling rivalry is the animosity, jealousy, infighting or competition between brothers and sisters as they grow up(Faber and Elaine 73). It mostly starts after the birth of the second child and it is a major challenge to parents with two or more kids. The rivalry continues as children grow up and compete for things such as toys, attention, and clothing. Their evolving needs as they develop through various stages affect how they relate with one another. For example, in “The Rich Brother” story, Donald joins an ashram in Berkeley out of devotion and later converts to Christianity. Pete does not understand this behavior, since their parents, when they lived did not subscribe to any faith.Pete wants to follow in the footsteps of their parents while Donald wants to find meaning through spiritual fulfillment. This features a form of sibling rivalryin which each brother wants the other to be like him, thereby leading to misunderstandings.