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    Tobias Vs. Wolff

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    For my creative response, I decided to write a series of letters between the characters of Tobias and Arthur Wolff. This seemed appropriate given that the text provides a range of viewpoints in the form of letters, notably ones of serious and important matters. I thought it would be interesting to view the memoir from a new perspective of Arthur Wolff as well as the reoccurring perspective of the adolescence, Tobias Wolff. Throughout the memoir Arthur Sr. was an elusive father-figure and would only be mentioned under false pretences, which ironically are the two most prominent themes throughout Jack’s own accounting of his past. In the era of 1950’s America it was not acceptable under the ideal societal definition of ‘masculinity’ to express…

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    Tobias Wolff Analysis

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    Tobias Wolff, at the tender age of 7, and his mother, Rosaline, are on the run from an abusive relationship. His natural father is rich but has wartime issues so his Mom and Dad are divorced and they have been left to fend for themselves with next to nothing. Leaving Florida and running from the abusive man named Roy, they search for fortune through a large part of the mid-west. They wind up in Salt Lake City where Roy finds them again and re engages his abuses as a restless whiner, “He would…

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    Tobias Wolff

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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…

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    The first paragraph of Wolff's short story "On Being a Real Westerner" shows what it's like for almost any 10 year old kid to have his first gun and how any kid would pay attention to the detail of the gun. Also, the theme to this essay is crucial. The short story also demonstrates what it is like for a mother to go through having a 10 year old boy begging for a gun along with Roy, her ex-husband also whining about Wolff not getting his Winchester .22. The suspense of Wolff and Roy illustrates…

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    friends in the story "Hunters in the Snow" by Tobias Wolff. Tub is like-able because he is gullible and everyone seems to joke around with him. Tub is also a good friend even though his friends are not the nicest to him. "Frank, when you've got a friend it means you've always got someone on your side, no matter what. That's the way I feel about it anyway" said Tub. Tub seems to have poor luck because everything he does goes wrong. Don't take your friends for granted like Frank and Kenny didn't…

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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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    As a fiction writer, it is fitting that the narrator in Tobias Wolff’s Old School creates his most elaborate story about himself. As the lower-class, half-Jewish scholarship boy at a mid-century elite boarding school, it is understandable that he is insecure of his position in the school’s social hierarchy. At his school, Jewish kids are discriminated against, and rather than group himself into social humiliation, he chooses to adopt a new personality, joining the ranks of the many upper-class…

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    After reading the memoir This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff, I agree with Saul Alinsky in the belief that life is full of corruption and everyone is destined to be somewhat corrupt. No one can run away from corruption, since corruption can be found everywhere. This is shown when Toby starts to live with his father. Although Toby believes living with his father will make his life more content, he is immediately disappointed shortly after arriving: “My father took off for Las Vegas with his…

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    Daniel Webster once famously said, “The world is governed more by appearance than realities”. Nothing exemplifies Webster’s statement better than Tobias Wolff’s memoir This Boy’s Life. In the memoir, Wolff uses myriad techniques to create an unsparing self-portrait that shatters the audience’s image of childhood and highlights the difference between the reality of his childhood and the falsified image of it that he constructed at the time. He uses this to achieve his purpose of demonstrating…

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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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