Relationships in About a Boy by Nick Hornby Essay

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The statement "The relationships in our lives are one of the main reasons why we function as human beings.” In this text About a Boy by Nick Hornby there are elements where relationships between characters help them develop and without these relationships these characters would not be able to 'grow'. The relationship between will and Marcus and also the relationship between Marcus and Ellie proves how relationships in our lives are the reason that we function as human beings. A significant relationship in this text is the relationship between will and Marcus, will and Marcus develop a relationship throughout the text that help them function as human beings. Both characters need this relationship because will has no purpose for his life …show more content…
Marcus living with his depressed single mother realises that after his mother’s suicide attempt he only has two people in his life, he is quoted saying that “Suddenly I realized – two people isn't enough. You need backup. If there are only two people, and someone drops off the edge, then you're on your own. Two isn't a large enough number. You need three at leas" This is when Marcus realises that Will could be that third person that he needs in his life. Even though Marcus and Will seem to have their highs they have also had their lows and their conflicts. A conflict that Marcus and Will have is when Marcus is looking for someone to support him and help his mother with her depression the only person that he can turn to is Will, when Marcus asks Will to help Will replies "Why should she listen to me? Who am I? Nobody",(Page Will believes that he can’t help because he is a nobody but Marcus replies "You're not nobody. You're--". Marcus is trying to convince Will that they are more than friends and this is sign where Marcus is trying to tell will that he isn't just a friend he is also a ‘father figure’. Another Relationship in this text that has an impact on the characters is the relationship between Marcus an Ellie. Marcus, with no help from anyone else than himself, had met Ellie, the rebellion girl from school. Ellie finds the figure of Marcus extremely funny, and

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