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perversion in the Satyricons is much more open. Usually sexual outlays refer to perversion, but in Tales of the City the action is not meant to be perverse. This would not be acceptable to the readers of a daily newspaper. In Tales of the City the characters are able to reach from deep within to find answers. Augustine s Confessions has Aurelius attaining his answers from an outside source, GOD. Grasping for answers outside their experience the characters in Armistead s book fail to attain happiness. Because Aurelius has an exceptional faith in things outside his experience he is able to attain happiness this way. It is not very clear if Foucault s ideas in The History of Sexuality an introduction Vol. 1. Conform to Tales of the City. Foucault says that it is inherent to confess

such as in Augustine s work. Because Tales of the City is not about the author himself, but a selection of fictional characters, it is difficult to tell if Maupin is interjecting his confession. The only sure idea that fits the work is that the power of identity is not taken for granted. Strong examples of this are Mary Ann & Anna. Mary Ann firmly builds her identity and Anna has one to begin with. After the dedication page Maupin quotes Oscar Wilde. “It s an odd thing, but someone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco” Maupin must relate to this quote. The finding of one self happens very often in San Francisco. In Oscar Wilde s prose composition De Profundis the lower class is able to run their lives free of the obstruction of society. Maupin relates this

understand with the characters Edgar & Beauchamp. Wilde was thrust into a social class that he was never really included. Beauchamp feels the vary same way. He does not fit in, but must take the responsibility of the social position. Wilde writes his composition to justify his deeds to either to himself or his beloved. Maupin writes to convey a sense that life is workable. Sir Richard Conway in Forester s Arthur Snatchfold does not confront his omission from society. The character does not believe he needs to develop, unlike characters in Tales of the City which are striving to develop into anew. Sir Richard fantasizes about another character & is able to confront him. The descriptions of settings are much more colorful in Arthur Snatchfold, but the characters are not as

absorbing. Anna Madrigal serves as the motherly type in Tales of the City much like the storyteller in Coward s “Me and the Girls.” The reader never knows the storyteller s name, but does realize that he cares for his dance troop. While Coward s story is a fanciful recounting of prior experiences, a confession of sorts, Maupin s rendering releases the pasts for a better future. Death manifests because of necessity in both works. To confess the storyteller needs death to encourage his reminiscing. In chapter one hundred-twelve fairness is brought when Norman dies a befitting death. He fails to hang on from the precipice because his own shortcomings. His tie is just a clip on, an article that represents his fraudulent life. Mary Ann holds his tie while Norman falls to his

death. Beattie s stories characters in “The Cinderella Waltz” are as shallow as a muddy puddle. The characters in Tales of the City are fully developed and substantial. Marriage is considered a facade in both works. The characters superficially believe that marriage is important, but when it comes down to feelings, it is unimportant. Development is found by separation in Beattie s story, while in Maupin s story it is found through consolidation. Tales of the City requires a detailed explanation of all events. Each circumstance leads to another which helps in the development of the characters. Maupin is also able to tie in events so they adhere to future events. The hypocrisy of the social classes is brought forward. Humans are frail. The reading is seemingly simplistic on the

surface, but beneath this there are serious lessons to be learned. Self improvement & happiness can only be attained when a critical analysis of oneself has been executed. Subsequent Chapters: Tales of the City Ch. 32. Where Is Love p.109-111 Ch. 33. If the Shoe Fits p.112 Ch. 34. Sherry and Sympathy p.115 Ch. 35. The Rap about Rape p.118 Ch. 36. Romance in the Rink p.123 Ch. 37. Coed Steam p.127 Ch. 38. Hillary s Room p.130 Ch. 39. Breakfast in Bed p.133 Ch. 40. The Maestro Vanishes p.136 Ch. 41. Frannie Freaks p.139 Ch. 42. The Case of the Six Batons p.142 Ch. 43. Back to Cleveland p.145 Ch. 44. Michael s Pep Talk p.148 Ch. 45. War and Peace p.151 Ch. 46. Once More into the Beach p.154 Ch. 47. Fantasia for two p.157 Ch. 48. They Mysterious Caller p.160 Ch. 49. So Where Was