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Now that you have read both H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Horror at Red Hook” and most of Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom, let’s compare. LaValle’s novella is a retelling of the Lovecraft story. For this reading response, I would like you to compare these two works.
In what way does LaValle address the topics of alienation, invisibility, otherness, and/or insignificance? How would you compare his examination of these concepts with Lovecraft’s? How does LaValle use Lovecraft’s cosmic philosophy to highlight issues of racism?
These are large, complex topics, so you will need to write 2-3 well-developed paragraphs to adequately explain your comparison, including direct quoted details from both literary works and your analysis.