After reading two additional animal entries by book or article, the assumption that both animal pieces have many similarities and differences between them has been confirmed. Temple Grandin, writer of “Animals Make us Humans,” and Vicki Hearne, writer of “Can an Ape Tell a Joke?” both bring across an interesting message providing details and explanations deriving differently. The content of each text has the greatest variation between the two pieces, although, there is some similarities in the structure of the pieces, as well as in the voice. Picking apart the similarities and differences between two different writing pieces of any kind can be tough, but by doing so, the reader can develop a deeper understanding of the different ways to approach writing and progress in their writing techniques, to enhance their own writing pieces.
Although there weren’t too many similarities between the different texts provided by Temple Grandin and Vicki Hearne, they both readily enforced the idea of animal welfare, which was a huge similarity. In both writings, each author contributed their time to ensuring the reader that animals must be treated correctly, giving each point on animal welfare in a different manner. Grandin focused a huge amount of his writing based on what it takes to make an animal happy, by describing the different stereotyping that goes along with each. Grandin later went on to suggest the use of enriched environments in order to provide the animal with better welfare. Similarly, Hearne makes a huge plunge for animal welfare in discussing the importance of how the apes are treated, and the mutual relationships they must have with a human, trainer specifically, in order to perform and act appropriately, all while maintaining “fair” grounds. Furthermore, both authors agreed on the basis of behavior being a huge determining factor contributing to the focus on animal welfare.
Both authors share the above views and similarities within the context, but there’s more similarities found behind the context, in the main structure of both writing pieces. The main structural similarity is the use of describing personal experiences incorporated with facts to provide a personal level, but then backing up the personal experiences with facts to ensure credibility. Both authors primarily give the feeling of an educational, or informational tone of voice, and approach the audience in a semi-formal manner.
Grandin and Hearne each focused on completely different aspects of animals, as well as the differential focus on the wild and domesticated animals, bringing forth many differences in the context. The main difference between these two pieces was Grandin’s use of the Blue Ribbon Emotion System. It’s an interesting system, which primarily focuses on seeking, rage, fear, panic, lust, care, and play, suggesting that the emotional state of an animal is an important contributing factor to their overall welfare, and happiness. Hearne primarily focused on the different apes and the intelligence an animal had to obtain in order to develop such a relationship with humans as shown in the multiple shows, or comical events put on by the animals with their trainer. Although both pieces focused on wild animals, Grandin focused more on the environmental and behavioral contributions (stereotypes) an animal has and how it affects them, while, Hearne focused on the intelligence a wild animal has, and the correct and fair treatment they deserve even at a higher level of performance, or use.
Grandin and Hearne both provided reader’s with an interesting, informational piece which brought forth strong thoughts, as well as an idea of how to structure and piece animal writings together. They both approached the writing in a different manner, and focused on wild animals, with different aspects and usages making the pieces very different. Both author’s brought their ideas and thoughts across in a successful manner, and seem to be reliable sources for the understanding of different species and the problems that they face in today’s society, as well as how far they’ve come from the past.