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Here is a "so-so" essay on Wayne Gretzky.  Notice how the sentence structure is choppy and each paragraph does not flow.  A good paragraph needs an introduction sentence and then development of that introduction theme.

Compare Two Biographies of Wayne Gretzky

In this essay, I need to compare two biographies of a famous person. I will plot out the difference and compare the two books considering point of view, bias, aim, omission, interest and interpretation. This person is my hero and idol. He is one of the great player in the history of hockey. He set the all-time NHL scoring record in 26 seasons and got four Stanley cup in a row from 1984-1988. He is Wayne Gretzky, the most brilliant and talent hockey player in this century. I chose the "Gretzky and Taylor" and "Gretzky with Rick Reilly".

The book "Gretzky with Rick Reilly" was an autobiography. It showed how Wayne Gretzky from his AHL to a famous NHL player. In this book, there were a lot of Gretzky's childhood. We knew that Wayne Gretzky could skate at two years old. He was well known by people at six. When he was ten, he was signing autographs and had a national magazine article written about him. A thirty- minutes national television show done on him at fifteen. It also talk about Gretzky's hero when he was a kid. He was a funny guy. He was Gretzky's hockey instructor. He was also his lacrosse, baseball basketball and cross country coach. He was not only coach, but also trainer and chauffeur. Gretzky called him dad, his name was Walter.

However, in the book "Gretzky and Taylor", it did not show anything in Gretzky's childhood. It was started when Gretzky became the NHL player, a member of Edmonton Oiler's rookie. How he became the hall of the frame. The description of this book was very interesting. The writer show the thing through the game. For example the first chapter was talking about the 1984 Stanley Cup final between the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islander. "Wayne," he said, "don't worry about not scoring so far. Just make sure that when you do get a goal for us is a big one. " (Page 15 Gretzky and Taylor ) From this conversation, we could know what had happen at that time. So, there was a difference between the point of view of those two books. Although these two books had different points of view, still many similarities also existed. They also showed to young people that worked hard was the only source of success. In the book "Gretzky with Rick Reilly", Gretzky showed his talent when he was young. He was nationally know at the age of six. There was even a wild rumors that the New York Rangers were going to buy the entry Brantford Pee Wee franchise, so that they had the right to take him when he turn the greater. But behind the success, did you know how much Gretzky put on the hockey. In the winter, Gretzky would get in the mourning, skated from seven o' clock to eight- thirty, went to school, came back home at three thirty, stayed on the ice until his mother ready the dinner, ate in his skater, then went back out until nine o' clock. On Saturday and Sundays, he would have games played with his neighborhood. So looked how much times that Gretzky put on the practice and that time he was six. Also in the book "Gretzky and Taylor", because of Brantford, the home of Wayne Gretzky. He left home at fourteen. He moved to Toronto, playing with the Toronto Young Nationals, Junior B. The years in Toronto were no way for a kid. He was lonely, living without family. But why Gretzky chose to do this? It was because he could go to school and nobody knew who he was and he would play better hockey. So now we can see how Gretzky was so successful.

We could clearly see the omission between these tow book. It was because the "Gretzky and Taylor" was published in 1984, there was a great omission in Gretzky's life. This thing happened in 1988, the Edmonton Oilers wanted to tread Gretzky to L.A. Kings. That was the most important trade in the NHL. The book "Gretzky with Rick Reilly" was published in 1900. So it had some more detail in this event. After the Oilers had won the fourth Stanley Cup in last five years. The owner of the Oilers Nelson Skalbania wanted Oilers to go public, so he could raise money easily. In order to go public, he had to get Gretzky out of the personal service contract and make Gretzky property of the team. Because Skalbania knew what he needed wasn't more Stanley Cups. He didn't need to sell more ticket. His arena was already sold out. He need cash. So, now Gretzky became a LA. Kings after this huge deal in the NHL history.

Talking about the bias, I didn't think there had a lot of bias in this two books. I could only find a little bias in the book "Gretzky with Rick Reilly" it was because this book was a autobiography, it may had a little bit subjective. The part that a felt subjective was the huge deal. In the book, it only had people who supported Gretzky to give their comments, no one was on the side owner .May be the thing was what the people had said, but you should also had the comment of other side. So that people can compare by themselves. Both two books were very interesting, not only the words but a lot of pictures. These pictures could make the books more interested but also gave readers the image how Gretzky played hockey. And the interpretation, both two books had some statistic in the back. It showed how many goals, assists, points and many other statistic of Wayne Gretzky. (see note 1) Compare of these two books, I could find both very interested and excellent. However, I thought the "Gretzky with Rick Reilly" was a little bit better than the other because of the more specify details.


 

 



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