Essay on Analysis of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Series

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Analysis of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Series

When you sense the affection where people enfold their loving kindness you are probably amidst the tenants of 28 Barbary Lane, San Francisco 94109.
Perhaps ‘tenants' is the wrong word, it should be something more like a friendly community of people. In Tales of the City , by Armistead Maupin, the characters are intertwined with togetherness. The mother of all mothers, ‘the landlady', guardian of all who live under her roof, orchestrates an unfolding story that is captivating and compelling. It Is her love that permeates the other characters within this story.

This sequence of story snippets was originally introduced to San Francisco
Chronicle readers back in 1976. It
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"Connie's Place" ch.2 p.4-7: Mary Ann moves into Connie's apartment. She believes her new life will begin soon. The two new roommates reminisce about their childhood together, not looking forward but looking back. Mary Ann discovers a myriad cologne collection in Connie's bathroom cabinet. Connie is still popular with the men, a quality she is striving for in her new life.
"A Frisco Disco" ch.3 p.8-11: Mary Ann & Connie go out clubbing together for different reasons. Marry Ann pretends to disrobe her innocence, but her attempts do not work. Due to her inability to put aside her starched values she turns down a sexual advance from a man. With the night's failure, and without
Connie, she goes home early.

"Her New Home" ch.4 p.12-15: This is the introduction of the caring & passionate Anna Madrigal. Mary Ann had enough exposure of Connie's Trix. Out of the three places the rental agency sent her, Mary Ann discovers that 28
Barbary Lane is where her new funky home will be. Once back at Connie's apartment, Connie suggests they meet at the Safeway for another man hunt.
"Love with the Proper Shopper" ch.5 p.16-19: This is one of the only chapters where scenery is in place before the introduction of characters. The grocery is more paramount to the characters than the other way around. This is because by its very nature Safeway is a place where people are compelled to congregate. Mary Ann

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