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This Boy's life

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Matt Miller

on 17 February 2015

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Transcript of This Boy's life

FORTUNE
A WHOLE NEW DEAL
Power
CITIZENSHIP IN THE HOME
wants to go to Mexico with Skipper
His plan to escape to Alaska with Arthur Gayle
Tries to avoid going home
Paris with his uncle
CITIZENSHIP IN THE SCHOOL
violence
UNCOOL
MANHOOD
This Boy's life
Manipulation

Guilt
Transformation
fantasy vs. reality
Mum- souvenirs
Sister James
Name change
moving west
new persona
feels bad about asking for souvenirs
cannot face confession box
becomes 'furtive' around Sister James
constant struggle with unworthiness
Dreams of freedom
excitement in mother's escape
imagining father from a distance
pen pal Alice- exaggerate truth
father unavailable- married to millionaires
Roy is abusive
insecure
THE AMEN CORNER
AMEN
POWER
FANTASY
ESCAPISM
The three boys act like adults and feel like they are very manly from the acts that they do.
The three boys believe they have power over others, they vandalize peoples things.
They call others and abuse the use of a telephone.
Abuse of power.
The three boys act like adults and feel like they are very manly from the acts that they do.
Wolff reads novels to continue his fantasy life.
Fantasizing about Annette from the Mickey Mouse Club.
Looking in the Mirror and fixing hair to think they are cool.
- crowd howling for 'blood' and 'pain'
-"straight down on my head and knocked me to my knees"
Leaving Seattle to live with Dwight.
Trying to escape a negative image. Through his use of changing his clothes and other features.
dis empowerment
-Rosemary stays with Dwight because of 'no money and no place to go'
Wanting to get away
'....The brilliant life they promised depended on leaving most people out...'
Tolerance
husking chestnuts
paper route
getting beaten and abused by Dwight
Maturity
Rosemary is naive and immature at times, she still clearing holds Dwight in some contempt
Toby is immature in his dealings with Dwight
Dwight uses Toby as a way of expressing his insecurities and anger
Identity
Control
dishonest
- He never tells the truth up front, and always gets found out in the end which causes more trouble for him
guilt
- unable to feel guilt for stealing from the Welches
"You can't go off to Deerfield with a name like Jack. Understand? "
Lies/Truth
- Ability to tell the truth when, he need to.

Dwight tries to intimidate and threaten Toby into submission.
being an outsider
- He was an outsider when thy played cards etc Then he is let in
I like Bubbles
Transformation
Male Dominance
Moving to Chinook, he can now present himself in a new way.
Toby see's Dwight's true side.
• Toby does not do very well at Hill
• He gets expelled and joins the army
• He says "It seemed to me when I got there that this was where I had been going all along, and where I might still redeem myself"
• Page241

Dwight shows his power and control over Toby by driving erratically whilst drunk on a dangerous road.
This a symbol of lack on control that mirrors other events in the memoir.
In this chapter, Toby is bracing himself "for the nect curve", which is Dwight's driving and also the turning point in his life.
being an outsider
Self-Identification

• Dwight attacking Rosemary/ trying to kill her
• Toby ignores the noises he hears even when he knows that someone was in trouble
• Page240

- Having to make new friends that were rebellious
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