Tobias Wolff

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  • Tobias Wolff

    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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  • Multiple Allusions In Old School By Tobias Wolff

    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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  • Character Analysis Of The Hunters In The Snow By Tobias Wolff

    “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: A Literary Analysis

    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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  • Realism In Tobias Wolff's 'Bullet In The Brain'

    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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  • Hunters In The Snow Character Analysis

    Hunting trips are used as a bonding experience between friends and as a break from the many struggles that life contains. Although in some circumstances people’s intentions can be misguided and harmful to others. In American author Tobias Wolff’s short story “Hunters in the Snow” (1980), he looks into the moral unawareness of three friends. Three men go on a hunting trip where one gets shot and the other two blindly attempt to take him to the hospital. Wolff utilizes setting, symbolism, and…

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  • Summary Of Julius Lester's Poem 'Parents'

    Julius Lester’s poem, “Parents” reveals how quickly life can go wrong. A girl kills herself instead of her dog when forced to shoot it by her parents. This plot twist is similar to that in “That Room” by Tobias Wolff because people can’t plan everything and unexpected events will occur regardless of a person’s will. The article doesn’t hold this deeper meaning. However, Lester does and finds art in it. Art is perceived differently for every individual. Lester makes changes to the article to make…

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  • The Lords Of Discipline Analysis

    Though the novels Old School by Tobias Wolff and The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy each portray a young male narrator’s experience at all-male, private schools in the 1960s, the two schools they portray are of entirely different natures. The unnamed school in Old School is an academically focused, small, liberal-arts style college preparatory school in the northeast while the Carolina Military Institute of The Lords of Discipline is a rugged, military based school in Charleston, South…

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  • Bullet In The Brain Tobias Wolff

    In the short story, Bullet in the Brain, by Tobias Wolff, a character named Anders is shot in the head. As the bullet is traveling through his head and his life fades away, his last memory is portrayed as one of his most favorite days, “This is what he remembered. Heat. A baseball field.” Instead of remembering his family or friends, he remembered a simple time where everything was once easy. As a boy, Anders was able to enjoy his life with not a worry in the world. One day in the summer, he met…

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  • Analysis Of Powder By Tobias Wolff

    In these short stories, one of the most common similarities they share with one another is that they’re both being told from the first person point of view, as they are describing their journeys with their fathers and getting the chance to reconnected with them one last chance. In Powder, by Tobias Wolff, the story is being told from the first person point of view throughout his teenage son and the way he sees things. As they begin their trip to Mount Baker a day before Christmas, as his son is…

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