The One-in-a-Million Boy Themes & Motifs

Monica Wood
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Family

Despite the fact that most of the characters are bereft of strong family relationships, the novel utilizes the absences of these family relationships in order to explore the true nature and value of such relationships. For example, one of the central tensions in the novel is Quinn’s guilt over having failed as a husband and father. After his son’s death, Quinn suddenly realizes the value and necessity of living up to certain responsibilities, especially those wrought by the bonds of family. Quinn strives to pay penance and simultaneously prove to himself that he can be consistent and responsible by continuing to pay child support to Belle despite the fact that the boy is deceased. Additionally, Quinn strives to make up for his irresponsibility by being attentive towards Ona, who finds that despite her independent spirit, she derives great fulfillment from Quinn’s friendship.

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