Essay about Every Good Boy

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”Every Good Boy” – David Nicholls
Finding something you are good at is a big part of growing up. Parents and the surrounding society expect us to be particularly good at something. Today it is all about being different from others and to stand out from the crowd and to have a talent. People want to practice a lot because they are told to. But the question is, “does practice really makes perfect?” People have a fear of not being good at anything at all. People want richness and fame. People have high expectations for themselves, and want to reach a high level. Quickly they are under pressure, and they try to practice even more. But that will often give the opposite effect. In the short story "Every Good Boy" written by David Nicholls the
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They tell him that he is not meant to be a pianist and that the sound when he plays the piano makes people’s ears bleed. But even though he is polite and obedient, he is also stubborn, so after every lesson he asks Mrs. Chin: “see you next week?” but more like a question with a clear purpose but he does not expect an answer. It is like a rhetorical question. He practices his piano skills to go another step in his way to obtain success. Even though his siblings are born with a talent does not mean that the narrator has, but he will practice hard to get one and to get the parents’ pride and attention. He has an enterprise that his siblings maybe do not have. He wants to convince his family and Mrs. Chin that he is good at something. That he is good at playing the piano. He has hit a brick wall and he cannot get any better, but maybe the real problem is that he never has had a talented at playing piano.

In the end of the short story Mrs. Chin dies while teaching the narrator in piano. The narrator tries to cover up, because he thinks that he killed his piano teacher. He feels guilty and he tries to obtain talent but it leads to an extremely sense of guilt. It will follow him until he is big enough to realize that it was not his playing that was the reason for his teacher’s death.

The story begins in medias res. “it’s a piano” And it is written in past tense. It is written from the narrator’s point of view. The title

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