Effect of Trauma on a Child in A Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff Essay

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When a child experiences trauma, it stays with them for the rest of their life. When a child experiences abuse, one of the highest forms of trauma, they can do little to stop it from affecting everything they do. Tobias Wolff’s memoir, This Boy’s Life, Illustrates this. While it can be said that Rosemary, the mother of Jack, was in many ways responsible for his life, she herself can not solely be blamed. The trauma and abuse she experienced as a child contributed greatly to her choices, and her son’s life. This shows that adversity in Rosemary’s life lead to her not being able to act normally, and this caused the life of her son. Jack lead a life that would not make most envy him. He suffered from many traumatic events, most of these can …show more content…
When a child experiences trauma, it stays with them for the rest of their life. When a child experiences abuse, one of the highest forms of trauma, they can do little to stop it from affecting everything they do. Tobias Wolff’s memoir, This Boy’s Life, Illustrates this. While it can be said that Rosemary, the mother of Jack, was in many ways responsible for his life, she herself can not solely be blamed. The trauma and abuse she experienced as a child contributed greatly to her choices, and her son’s life. This shows that adversity in Rosemary’s life lead to her not being able to act normally, and this caused the life of her son. Jack lead a life that would not make most envy him. He suffered from many traumatic events, most of these can in someway be pinned on his Mother. First is the trauma of the mostly untold story of his parents split. Divorces are usually traumatic for the children and this one seems to be no different. Jack obviously has a hard time with it, and hanging on to things associated with his father. When the reader enters the story Jack wants to change his name and religion. Both of these things anger his father. By doing both Jack feels like he is completely severing his contact with his father, who he believes never provided for him or his mother. The divorce can not be blamed solely on Rosemary, as with most splits it had a lot to do with Jack’s father as well. The way the split happened, and the way Jack feels about his father probably can. His mother

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