Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery and Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road are similar in a way that they reflect their nostalgic past to their current identity. First, Booker T. Washington is glad and grateful of his harsh childhood as an African American boy whom suffered from slavery. He believes he had been able to reach the position of where he stands today due to the past experience of extremely difficult environment. On the other hand, Frank Wheeler from Revolutionary Road constantly wants to go back and change his past for he believes he would be a better person in the present. He consistently blames others for his unsatisfactory life, especially his wife. At the same time he is bitter of his past, he still desires to go back and identifies himself with the past. He does not see his current status as real. He argues to remember who you were rather than who you are right now. The notion of nostalgia in the two characters is in contrast as Washington is grateful and believes it has helped him to be successful whereas Frank desires to go back expecting a better future.