Wills character undergoes an exceedingly large change throughout the novel. In the beginning scenes Hornby presents Will as a shallow, egotistical man, which is made evident through his interactions with family friends John and Christine. The arrival of Marcus to Wills life brings a great deal of change about. Although at first Will has little compassion for Marcus when they first meet on ‘dead duck day’ the two soon establish a bond. Although Will is used to relationships of convenience, free of any major attachments Marcus brings something different, at first his relationship is simply one of pity. However as Will continues to help Marcus, he only becomes more involved with the family he so despera...
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...a story about growing up for the two protagonists Will and Marcus, but it is also allows the reader to examine certain aspects of their own life which correspond with the problems faced by the main characters. The two main characters are the primary factors in each others development which eventually leads to them being socially accepted by the people around them. The stories’ ending is justified in showing the transformation that has occurred through both of the characters. The sentence affirms Marcus’ change into a teenager as he says ‘I hate bloody Joni Mitchell’ and reinforces the sacrifice Will has made to be with Rachel. The changes that each character makes are phenomenal. This final statement by Hornby is meant to reinforce the change that has occurred in the characters and allow the reader to reflect on changes that may have occurred within their own lives.
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