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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. Ichose 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 different between the point of view of those
two books. Although this two books had the different point
of view, they both had the same aim. 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 national knew
at 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 excllent. However, I thought the "Gretzky
with Rick Reilly" was a liitle bit better than the other
because of the more specify details. 


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