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Discuss Nick Hornby s presentation of Marcus in chapters 1-10 of About a Boy

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Discuss Nick Hornby s presentation of Marcus in chapters 1-10 of 'About a Boy' Nick Hornby's novel, 'About a boy' is a story about two boys. A 12 year old, named Marcus, who has a suicidal mother. And a 36 year old child-like-man called Will Freeman. Will, has never worked in his life, he was been living of the royalties of a song that his father had wrote for Christmas, over 70 years ago. Marcus is very much a 'mummy's boy.' He is so close to his mother that his taste in music and clothes are identical. When he starts his new school, he realises that he is an easy target for bullies as his hair is cut 'dodgy' by his mum and he has a tendency to sing aloud in class.... When we see Marcus in chapter one, we see a naive teenager. On the very first page of the book, Marcus' mum Fiona suffers from a break up. "Have you spilt up now?" This very quote shows the naivete of Marcus. This childish questions, suggest that Marcus has not developed any level of maturity and has no means of comforting his mother. However, with this in mind, Marcus has a very logical way of thinking, and there are there are two valid reasons for this bold statement. When we do see the break up incident, Marcus realises that when people begin to do things together (almost like a family) ...read more.


At lunchtime, a few bullies, who had been tormenting Marcus before, came up to Marcus and his friends, and began insulting them. When they had gone, Mark spoke out and said. "Marcus, we don't want you hanging around with us anymore." This shocked Marcus. He knew that if they were to hang out with him, they would all get bullied. These so called 'friends' that Marcus had, had been unsupportive and nothing like Marcus. This shows how different Marcus really is; he cannot fit in with people who are so similar to him. As have mentioned before, Marcus is overprotective over his mum, because of their closeness and the strong relationship they have. In the fifth chapter, we see Marcus worrying about his mother. This is caused by the constant crying habit his mom has developed. This had frightened him. "One Monday morning his mother started crying before breakfast, and it frightened him." In this scenario in the book, Marcus understands that his mum is going through a tough time but he does not know what to say or do. "He didn't know what to say." So instead, when we went for his weekly shop, he stuck to the 'economy sized packets of cereal, because he knew that is he had brought banded name, then his mum would be angry. This again shows how protective he is over his mum. ...read more.


This part of the book is based on symbolism. I think it represents symbolism because there is a link between what happened with the Dead duck and the fact that she was there, meant that it was a way of saying bye to Marcus. It was almost like a premonition for Marcus, that something was about to happen. "A new part of his life began, bang, without any warning at all." When I saw this part in the book, it really surprised me. I wasn't aware of how Fiona was so depressed, that caused her to a terrible act like this. As a reader, I would say that Fiona's depressions was only recognised as just her crying most the time, I was not sure she would have gone to that greater length, and commit suicide. It is obvious that Marcus was hit hard by the fact that his mother had committed suicide. At the end of chapter nine, it reads "he knew the moment he walked in that it was something he'd have to think about forever." At this point in the book, we see Marcus' character really open out. This continues as we read on. When they reach the hospital, Marcus is in the waiting room, reflecting on other people troubles and compares this to his mum. "My mum's not like these people. Supposing they think she is, though?" he believes that the hospital might treat her as being just a normal druggy. ?? ?? ?? ?? By: Minesh PATEL Form: 10NV ...read more.

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This piece shows a good understanding of Marcus but I think the choice of question prevents a full and in depth analysis of language, structure and form.

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