In the two passages there was one controlling idea and that is boyhood friendships. Passage 1 is by Frank Conroy and the second passage is by William Maxwell. Both of these passages show that friendships can last.
Both passages show that boyhood is friendship and the boys in the passage show it by helping each other build the tree fort. In both passages there is a similarity; in passage 1 it says "occasionally we'd glance back to Chula Vista when a car started, or a man on a roof flashed his hammer, and in passage 2 the boy stated that he would come to the house after school and watch the carpenters build the house and listen to the sound the hammer makes "pung, pung, kapung, kapung." This is also known as onomatopoeia. The point of view of passage one is friendship is needed in today's society to live on.
In passage two by William Maxwell the setting takes place in Bloomington where a boy, his father, and stepmother are building a house. This is where the boy met Cletus who immediately became his friend. In the passage the boy mentions that Cletus is almost like an imaginary playmate because whatever he wanted to do Cletus wanted to also. But also it is ironic because when kids make fun of the boy at school for what he said Cletus doesn't do anything to help the boy out. But when it was getting dark they decided to go home for supper and they still remained friends.
In cessation, boyhood friendships can last a while but some don't and in both of the passages at the end the boys were still friends. In many ways society can change that and in the passages there was no corruption to break up the boys...