Comparing Fiction and Non Fiction

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Marlo Wilson

Business Literature

January 15,2007

Lynn Nelson

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" My Lack of Gumption" a non fiction story by Russell Baker and "Forty-Five

Month a fiction story by R. K. Narayan were two very interesting readings. It

was quite amazing to see how two authors with totally unique writing styles

portrayed the same message. One was comprised of real characters while the

other was a figment of the author’s imagination. Although each author had a

different perspective they both very clearly conveyed the strong dislike that each

character had for the job they were doing at that time.

''My Lack of Gumption was a nonfiction story that took place in the early

nineteen hundreds. The main character of this particular story was an eight year

old child by the name of Russell. It became quite apparent to his mom that he

was very content with the idea of just listening to music and reading books.

Russell’s mother was a single parent who was strong willed and very motivated.

There is no way that she would ever be comfortable with idea of Russell not

doing something to contribute to the household. One day after school she invited

one of the top executives from Curtis Publishing Company over to meet Russell.

This soon led to the start of Russell’s career in journalism which was something

that his mom had always dreamed of. The very next week Russell found himself

trying to sell magazines on the corner of Belleville avenue in New Jersey. For

many days Russell attempted to sell these magazines however, he was not

successful. As the days progressed Russell started to become very

discouraged. He really hated this job. In fact he told his mom that this was not

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the job for him. There was no way that his mother was going to listen to

anything that he had to say. She even threatened to take his belt and beat some

since into him as a result of his comments. Russell truly disliked the idea of

being a salesman but he disliked the money that it paid even more. After three

years of sales his mother finally decided to consider a less competitive career for

Russell. Her ultimate goal was to never allow him to quit. Eventually her

persistence led to the start of a career in writing.

" Forty Five a Month" which is a fictional story that also takes place in the

early nineteen hundreds. This story depicts the life of a father who spent his

entire life working very hard to provide for his family. Venkat Rao was married

and had a beautiful daughter named Shanta. Shanta loved her mom but she

was the apple of her daddy's eye. One day before school herfather promised to

take her to the cinema. This was something that they really enjoyed doing

however Venkat's job seemed to always stand in the way of the promises that he

made to her. She left school early one day and rushed home so that she could

go to the cinema. This was such an exciting time for Shanta. In fact she so

excited that she refused to eat or drink before she got dressed. She did not want

anything to stand in the way of her being ready when her father got home.

Shanta very patiently paced back and fourth as she anticipated his arrival.

Many hours had passed. It was starting to get dark outside and Shanta resigned

herself to the fact that she was not going to make it to the cinema. She was a

very intelligent little girl and her disappointment led her to have some pretty wild

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