This Boys Life

This Boy's Life, a memoir by Tobbias Wolff, is a story about a young boy

named Toby struggling through life because his parents were divorced. Living with his

mother Rosemary, who wasn't able to provide him with proper upbringing on her own.

Toby owned a gun that his mothers partner named Roy, had given to him. Toby would

look out of his bedroom window and point the gun at animals and innocent people

walking by. He had this urge inside of him to shoot at people. One day, he was

distracted by the sound of his mother opening his door which prevented him from

almost shooting at a Nun. This scene reminds me of a scene in the movie "American

Beauty", Jack, who lacked communication with his parents, felt ignored and

unimportant. The lack of communication with his parents made him feel useless , which

led him to become frustrated and angry . He was trying to find any violent way to release

his anger, by offering to rid his girlfriend of her father by offering to kill him.

As time went by, Rosemary started dating a man named Dwight. They dated

eachother for a couple of months and he eventually asked for her hand in marriage.

She considered asking her son for support. He gave her the encouragement but in

reality he was very skeptical about the whole idea and he encouraged her in order to

protect her feelings.

During their marriage, they didn't seem happy. Dwight was a bad tempered

man. After a long day at work, he would bring all his stress and tension that was bottled

up inside of him and realease all that anger on 13 year old Toby. Toby was an easy

target because of the fact that his mother doesn't come to his defense. This led to

behavioral problems with Toby.

On weekends, Dwight would make Toby deliver newspapers, and he would keep

every penny that Toby earned