In “Boys,” Rick Moody shines light on the conflicts the boys face. The boys weren’t always prepared for the conflicts they faced nonetheless, they always figured out how to handle them. For instance, “Boys enter the house, kiss their mother, she explains the seriousness of their sister’s difficulty, her diagnosis” (Moody 242). The boys come into the house and greeted their mother. They entered and kissed their mother as they would on any other day, they weren’t prepared for the news the mothers had informed them of. Immediately they’re informed of the severity of their sister’s illness. Since this is the first major conflict that the boys have faced, they were unaware how exactly to react. Conflict in this short story helps the readers see the maturation of the boys. The boys react differently to every major conflict. During this particular situation, the boys chose to cope with this tragic new by undoing any unkind actions that they’ve done to their sister. The difficulty of this diagnosis makes the boys re-think the immature actions they’ve committed such as, “persuading their sister that she should eat the mixture” (240). Boys being boys decided to offer their sister a mixture they created containing ingredients like leftover mashed potatoes, frozen lima beans, chocolate syrup, and Spam. While these actions are immature, at this point in...
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...father, slumped” (245). The boys immediately rushed over to assist their father once they realized something was wrong. The repetition has finally advanced to where the boys are finally men. This power increase made it significantly easier to cope with their father’s death. Without the repetition, it would have been significantly more difficult to follow the timing of the story. Additionally, Moody used repetition to progress from the beginning of the story where the boys were inexperienced to the end where he idolized the boys for trying to help their father.
In the short story “Boys”, the author Rick Moody argues that experiencing both positive and negative experiences result in a change of power. He also places an emphasis on the concept that growing up leads to an increase in power. He conveys this by using the literary devices; conflict, repetition, and tone.
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