Inevitable Change

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Inevitable change In the novel About a Boy, the author focuses on two main characters that are very different from each other. From the beginning of the novel it is very easy to tell that there are some issues with each character. There is a 12 year old boy, Marcus, who seemed to be close with his mom, but also deals with bullies at school. Then there is Will, a middle aged, and single, non-working man. Instantly, Will is portrayed as someone who doesn’t like kids and who struggles with relationships with friends as well as girlfriends. Within the novel these two characters cross paths and a change develops in Marcus as well as Will.
Being the only child of a single mother, Marcus faces problems within himself as well as with friends. His beliefs and actions are that of his mothers. The narrator points out “Marcus knew he was weird, and he knew that part of the reason he was weird was because his mum was weird” (Hornby 15). His mother doesn’t let him do anything a normal kid would and Marcus believes everything his mother says because there is just no arguing with her. He thought he had two friends but because Marcus was so different and got bullied for it they told him “We never got in any trouble with anyone before we knew you, and now we get this every day” (Hornby 33) and ditched him. Even though he is a smart boy, he doesn’t have another close person to look up to and only knows what his mom tells him. Will, on the other hand, deals with very opposite issues. He lives on his own and has a lot of money because of an inheritance. He has friends and when they ask him to be Imogen’s godfather he makes it very clear he isn’t interested in kids when he says “Listen, I’m touched that you asked. But I can’t think of anything worse. Seriously. It’s just not my sort of thing” (Hornby 11). However, the issue he faces is the idea he develops that single mothers are…...

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