Boys: Short Story Analysis Essay

1020 Words Mar 11th, 2011 5 Pages
“Boys” By: Rick Moody
Rebeca Montesinos
February 10, 2011
Micheline Maylor
English 1118

Energy is one of the single most important concepts to keep in mind when writing, it can make even the most insignificant occurrences interesting. Energy plays with the reader’s senses combining subject matter, leaps/ spacing and words into one to create a fascinating piece of work. “Good writers choose a topic they know a lot about—relationships, travel, growing up, bedrooms, hotels, restaurants, the synagogue on 42nd Street—and they trust that they will discover things about the topic as they work.” (Sellers 71) Rick Moody author of “Boys” has taken a relatable topic the process of growing up and has turned a thirty year frame into a condensed
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Writing what you know appears in this piece “Boys enter the house, kiss their mother, she explains the seriousness of their sister’s difficulty, her diagnosis… Boys skip school, enter house hold vigil.” (Moody 96) Rick Moody incorporates the death of his sister, while not a huge part throughout the story it adds to the energy of the story changing the vibe, putting to a halt the pace of their maturation throughout the timeline of the story.
Aside from my own analysis other critics have praised and have criticized Rick Moody’s writing. Moody presents the complexity of family structure, in this case the disintegration of a family after the death of loved ones, illustrating it through “experimentation with form” (enotes). However, “While some critics appreciate his lyrical elongated sentences and such stylistic devices as a rampant use of italics and the substitution of dashes for quotation marks, others find these distracting.” (enotes) On the contrary to what he is being criticized for his experimentation with sentences, italics and repetition add to this story. The way he plays with structure reflects the process of the story, repetition adds emphasis to its characters and situations and writing in the third person presented the reader with a different view point creating a

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