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Both Canadian short stories The Concert Stages of Europe by Jack Hogins and To Earn My Living by Gabrielle Roy are first person narrations recounting significant experiences of the narrators lives In The Concert Stages of Europe thirteen year old Clay tells us about his disastrous experience at a talent show In To Earn My Living Christine a young adult talks about her first teaching job The stories are both similar and different These stories are both similar in several ways For instance both stories focus on the protagonists mothers setting a particular goal for them to accomplish thus living vicariously through them In Clays situation his mother wanted him to be a pianist But I just know that youre going to be a great pianist Hodgins 26 In Christines situation her mother wanted her to teach If only you were willing Christine to become a teacherThere is no finer profession none more worthy it seems to me for a womanRoy 52 Also both of these characters had their minds set on their own goal rather than their mothers It is unmistakable that Clay had a particular goal in mind despite his mothers desires for him I was free at last to concentrate on pursuing the only goal that ever really mattered to me becoming a FinnHodgins 42 It is also clear that Christine had certain goal she wanted to accomplish despite her mothers wishes for her But Ive told you Maman I should like to write Roy 51 Therefore it is evident that both Clay and Christine are similar in many ways These stories are also both uniquely different For example when Clay ended up attempting to accomplish his mothers dream it ended up turning into a disaster What I was going to be was a corpse dead of humiliation killed in a trap I hadnt seen being set Hogins 40 Thus it is clear that Clay is definitely embarrassed with the outcome of
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