This Boy’s Life


Tobias Wolff

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This Boy’s Life Symbols

The Rifle

While Jack and Rosemary are still living in Utah, Rosemary’s abusive boyfriend Roy—who has stalked Rosemary and Jack to Utah from Florida, refusing to give up his grip on them—gifts Jack a Winchester. 22…

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The Chestnuts and the Beaver

When Jack moves into Dwight’s home, he finds himself subject to abuse and manipulation of all kinds—physical, emotional, and psychological. Dwight berates Jack for being lazy, selfish, deceitful, and useless; in order to assert…

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