Boys Life: Techniques Used To Develop Loss Of Innocence

In the novel "Boys Life," the author develops a coming of age (loss
of innocence) theme through many different techniques in his writing. The
author uses techniques such as setting, magical realism, irony,
characterization, and symbolism to set the stage for the story to take
place the way it does. The characters live through many experiences that
end up changing their lives. Cory, the main character, has many things
happen to him in his life that are very confusing to him and that he
doesn't understand. He doesn't realize why they happen or why they have to
happen to him, his family, and his friends.
In the novel, the author uses setting many times to develop the
theme. During ...

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about themselves before anyone else's safety.
The author uses magical realism many times throughout the novel.
When Cory and his friends do their annual ritual at the end of the summer,
they pretend to fly with their dogs (pg. 187). They do this at the
beginning of the summer because it shows the innocence and magic that they
begin to lose. It also shows that they lose almost all of their
responsibilities during the summer. This ritual brought the boys together
and kept them very close to one another. The author uses magical realism
during the time when Cory's dog, Rebel, was sick and later dies. The
author uses great detail when he describes that Rebel has really died ,
but his spirit still lives. Cory suffers a big loss in his life during
this time period. Personification is used when Cory prayed death away from
his pet and his best friend; but when he loses his best friend, he realizes
that if you love something enough, you will put their best interest first
and not ...

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Added: 4/2/2005 09:39:35 PM
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