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The differences between urbanites and country people are an old story in literature and commentary Shakespeare often has a country bumpkin for audiences to laugh at in his plays Children of all countries are told a bedtime story about the country mouse who comes to visit the city mouse Common sayings often remind us of the ironies of life by contrasting rural and urban origins It has been said in many languages that the eager country boy comes to the city to have a brilliant career for the express purpose of buying a nice house in the country in which to retire In the two essays to be discussed in the following the authors contrast urban and rural life Henry Fairlie 1924-1990 is British and writes in a manner that is oftentongue- in- cheek to point to some of the amusing thing about the way that people take to city life Underlying Fairlies humor however is a longing for a vanished world in which there were sharp differences between city and country Charles Creekmore b1945 brings a younger and much more American perspective to the same discussion Where Fairlie appears to despair of the future of the human race which is jammed together into cities Creekmore defends city life saying that it has more to offer and can bring out the best in people Underneath the surface differences between Fairlie and Creekmore as they view the urbanite however is a single purpose which is to use the opposed realities of urbanrural life to make some interesting points about the nature of human beings In his The Idiocy of Urban Life Henry Fairlie puts together a long list of what is silly humiliating and even dangerous about life in the city He begins with some sarcastic observations about the fact that the only truly civilized creatures in the city are the rats who come out at 4 AM and lick their paws after a night of
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