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    Colloquialisms, manners, identification characteristics, subconscious tendencies, can all be traced back somewhere to an encounter or example taken from the parent sometime in a life. It is when nearing adolescence that these influences begin to be questioned and analyzed. This principle is prevalent in both Geoffrey Wolff’s The Duke of Deception and Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life, but only through examination of the two. The main protagonist, for the sake of this essay they will be labeled that way, in each memoir is the father figure. For Geoffrey Wolff it is his biological father, The Duke, and for Tobias Wolff it is his step father, Dwight. Both Memoir’s focus…

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    In “Bullet in the Brain” (1995), Tobias Wolff demonstrates the story of a man dead in the bank. The man named Anders who is a book critic, but his criticism ends up being shot in the head during a bank robbery. However, the story does not end that point, Wolff adds more to the story about experiences one final memory his childhood after being shot. childhood is important. The different ways that Wolff depicts his childhood greatly influences the tone of the essay. Many people assumed that right…

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    Tobias Wolff’s short story “Bullet in the brain” is written as though it was a film and this rhetorical manner evokes a visual, a sonorous, and a neurotic feeling. Yet, even though it seems like a movie, there is a realism to it. Wolff generates a sad ending from the most ordinary thing a human could be doing and this is expressed through the eyes of the story’s narrator that knows how to bring the important details to light. The point of view greatly influences the construction of the story and…

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    Tobias Wolff is an American author who is known for his memoirs and short stories. Wolff wrote many short stories, notably "The Rich Brother." The Rich Brother is a story about two brothers with two completely different lifestyles. Pete, the oldest, is a financially successful business owner with a family and nice house. Donald, the youngest, is a free-flowing soul searching for the right religion, with not much in his name. The story is about how Pete goes to pick up Donald from a religious…

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    Old School The novel Old School was written by Tobias Wolff and published in 2003 after three portions of the novel were published in The New Yorker as short stories. Wolff was born on June 19, 1945, in Birmingham, Alabama. He had a rough life growing up and bounced around from state to state with his mother who eventually remarried. The man she married was very abusive to Wolff both physically and mentally. Over time, Wolff was able to meet with his long lost brother who is also a novelist…

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    “The hunters in the Snow” is a short story by Tobias Wolff. The story opens up with an overweight man named Tub. He waits for his friends to come pick him up for over an hour and when they show up Kenny, the driver, plays joke acting like he was going to run him over. Tub complained and Frank, his other friend, told him to relax that it was just a joke. Once Tub was in the car, they drove to the woods to go hunting for deer. Once there the story shows that Kenny and Frank were closer than they…

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    This Boy’s Life is a memoir written by Tobias Wolff. It describes his childhood, like how he changed his name to Jack. When Jack was young he often changed households until they finally ended up with Dwight. This might have an effect on his morality, or at least his morality as a child. Throughout the novel Jack acts like an egoist as his actions are done to benefit himself in some way. Jack is still fighting Arthur even after rolling down the hill that led to the bank they are currently…

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    The following is a lesson sequence which modified the above experiment to promote inquiry based learning process. The aim of the experiment: Students use the change in the colour of red cabbage indicator to classify substances as either acid or base. Note: This activity may take more than one lessons. On the first lesson, students group, discuss and prepare their experiment. On the second lesson, students will have opportunities to carry out the investigation, then record, process, and evaluate…

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    Have you ever been in a toxic environment? I’m not talking about the nuclear toxic either, but rather the one where you’re forced to be around people that are no good for you. Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy’s Life, was stuck in one as a young boy. His mother was known to pick out bad boyfriends and settled with one named Dwight, who is probably the worst one mentioned. He seems to have a strange aura around him and it shows through the way he treats Tobias. There are many more people in this…

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    Literary elements are the salt of literature. When used correctly, they bring out the flavor of a story, but when misused, they ruin the original creation. In This Boy’s Life: A Memoir, by Tobias Wolff, and In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez, literary elements are used to create delicious stories. This Boy’s Life: A Memoir chronicles the author’s childhood and adolescence in Seattle during the 1950s, which includes a broken home, lying, stealing, and cheating. In the Time of…

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