About a Boy

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Jenny Smith
November 28, 2011
Dr. Min Young Lee
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The Coming of Age of the Male Characters in About a Boy

About a boy is a contemporary novel written by the British author Nick Hornby. It incorporates constructs of post-modern writing by bringing into focus the artists, and styles, and prose of the vernacular. The setting of the novel takes place in London in the mid 1990s. About a boy gives a unique perspective of a coming of age story. It follows the coming of age of two boys of two very different ages; Will Freeman 36 years old and Marcus 12. This novel shows the contrast between consumerism and materialism with real interpersonal connections. Will Freeman made the decision to pursue materialism rather than personal friendships, and to live in self-imposed isolation. Will had the ability to buy “cool” clothes, and sunglasses and sneakers, and so was never at a loss for acquaintances. Marcus, on the other hand, felt isolation due to a lack of materialism. Marcus was an outsider in his school in London since he could not have the best “coolest” clothes, shoes, and haircuts and thus was always the target of bullying. However, as the plot progresses, Marcus and Will undergo transformational experiences together to become more connected to the people around them. The transformational experiences of Fiona’s suicide, falling in love, and Marcus’ arrest all culminate in the maturation of Will and Marcus’ and the genesis of interpersonal connections between.
First, Fiona’s suicide causes Marcus to grow much older than his years, and to become in a sense the caretaker in the family. Fiona is Marcus’ mother who had split up with Marcus’ father a few years prior, a factor which had facilitated Fiona’s depression. Marcus had originally thought that his two person family was enough; he didn’t have friends in London, and thus was very socially…...

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