Essay Comparison/Contrast of Cut and The Fourth of July

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Comparison/Contrast of “Cut” and “The Fourth of July”
In the two essays “Cut,” by Bob Greene and “The Fourth of July,” by Audre Lorde they both discuss how disappointments as a child affected their lives. Greene’s essay gives five examples about how five boys were cut from a sports team and how they used that disappointment to become successful as adults. Lorde’s essay differed in that it told one story of how her and her family were on their vacation in Washington D.C. and they were not served at a restaurant because they were black. Both authors discuss feelings of being left out, being discriminated against, and how disappointments affected their lives. However, there are more differences than
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Both Greene and Lorde seem to feel that people will always need to have a sense of belonging. In “Cut” all the men involved wanted to be on a sports team during their teens. “Athletics meant everything to boys that age; if you were on the team, even as a substitute, it put you in a desirable group. If you weren’t on the team, you might as well be dead (Greene 56). Greene shows us the need for belonging to a team. When Maurice McGrath was cut from the baseball team at fourteen he said, “If I have to, I’ll sit on the bench, but I’ll be part of the team” (Greene 58).
In “The Fourth of July,” the need of belonging to a society is displayed. Lorde stated, “This wasn’t right or fair! Hadn’t I written poems about Bataan and freedom and democracy for all? (Lorde 204) Lorde’s family was told that couldn’t eat in an ice cream shop because of their color in the one place that has stood for freedom and equality for the last two hundred and twenty-five years, our nations capitol. Lorde’s family was basically treated like they were foreigners because of their color.

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Both authors agree that positive things came out of the traumatic events in his/her childhood. “Cut explains how the boys were positively change by being cut. Greene states, “I don’t know what went on in my head following the day when I was cut. I don’t know if all of that came from a determination never to
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