Comparing Narrative in Fiction and Non-Fiction Paper
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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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