Compare Two Biographies Of Wayne Gretzky Essay

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 cups 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.

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“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
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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