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English essay
Alexandra Clancy.

The concept of change can be expressed in various ways through different texts. The novel About a boy by Nick Hornby written in 1998 describes a story that gave an indepth insight into 1990’s pop culture. About a boy is about a man-child named Will and a very mature pre-teen named Marcus. The story explores their changing and growing friendships and the tests they encounter along the way. The song, Cat’s in the cradle is a song about the relationship between a father and son and the hazards that can be encountered. The song sees the change in the father and also the son as it shows the growing distance between them as the son grows older and then becomes a father himself. The Jane Austin novel Emma written in 1815 shows the protagonist Emma Woodhouse; make a very dramatic change from the beginning of the novel to the end. Emma was a well looked after beautiful socialite who never intends to marry or fall in love.

About a boy by Nick Hornby has two main protagonists Will Freeman and Marcus Brewer. Will is a thirty-six year old man who starts off very immature but with the help of new relationships and the friendship of a twelve year old boy finds himself a very different person by the end of the novel. Marcus is a very adult child who finds himself constantly taking care of other people. Marcus befriends Will and from that learns about himself and what it takes to be a teenager. The change that Will and Marcus make towards the people in their lives and towards each other is very significant in their perceptive and in their self.

Will is a thirty-six year old man who is both mature and shallow. Will would do anything to sleep with women and it is this that drives him to invent a two year old son and join a single parents group (SPAT). Will then meets Suzie who is friends with Fiona, Marcus’ mother. Will has never really had a serious relationship until he meets Rachel who he instantly falls in love with. When Will meets her...

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