About a Boy Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. From whose perspective is the novel "About a Boy" told from?

The novel is told from the point of view of the two main characters, Will and Marcus, who switch off from chapter to chapter to tell not only the story of their own lives, but also the story they share.

2. What happens to Marcus' mother in Chapter 1? How does this affect Marcus and how does he try to make his mother feel better?

In chapter 1, Marcus feels badly for his mother when he realizes her current boyfriend, Roger, has just ended their relationship moments before dinner is due to arrive. This new stress is added to the stress that Marcus and his mother have been under since their recent move to London from Cambridge. Marcus tries to cheer his mother up, but finds himself able to only distract her.

3. Describe Will as depicted in Chapter 2.

Will is depicted as someone who is "cool" and who cares very much about image. Will does not work, but instead lives off the royalty checks from a song his father wrote in the thirties. Will is a habitual dater, preferring not to tie himself down to one woman, and he dislikes children.

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