Essay on Critical Analysis of This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff

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This Boy's Life is the autobiographical account of teenager. Toby and his mother's search for financial stability and a peaceful life. Toby’s family was split down the middle as a child, leaving his father and older brother on the East Coast and, for the most part, uninvolved in Toby’s life. The story begins when Toby and his mother, Rosemary, leave her abusive boyfriend in Florida to take their chances at becoming rich in the uranium mines in Utah. They are short on money, a theme that continually comes up throughout the book, but full of hope and love for each other. Unfortunately, as they …show more content…
Later, when Jack is given his own gun, he spends hours dressing up in military gear, hiding behind curtains, and pretending to be a military sniper. Several years after this, Jack adopts another identity when the possibility arrives that he might escape his life with Dwight to live in Paris with an uncle. Because of this idea, he once again changes his behavior. He takes his impressions of Paris that came from American movies, in which everyone wore berets and striped jerseys and sat around smoking cigarettes while accordion music played in the background and translates them into his everyday life in Washington. Jack receives special permission to take time off from his regular school studies to complete a series of special projects on the history, culture, and national character of France, and takes up playing the harmonica so that he can honk out moony approximations of “La Vie en Rose” and the theme from Moulin Rouge to prepare himself for his new life in Paris, France. These plans for a daring escape to Paris fall through, but Jack is given new hope of fleeing his reality through regaining contact with his estranged brother, Geoffrey. Geoffrey is a Princeton student, so Jack immediately begins to assume the identity of a Princeton student. He
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