About A Boy: Self Knowledge Essay

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The novel About A Boy, by Nick Hornby, depicts the life of a social outcast named Marcus, who is sheltered from the outside world by his mother, and is just trying to be accepted by society. While on the path to achieving this goal, Marcus obtains a newly found self knowledge, within himself, as a direct result of the obstacles and conflicts he faces.
There are many obstacles which exemplify how Marcus obtains self knowledge about himself; one was between him and his mother, Fiona. Fiona was very controlling over Marcus’ life, and the day-to-day activities in which he engaged. For instance, she chose which type of music he will listen to and what style of clothing he will wear, these controlling factors over Marcus’ life caused him to rebel because he would be shunned from society. As a result of this rebellion, Fiona feels as though she is hated by her only son, which in turn causes her attempted suicide, and opens a brand new door in Marcus’ life. Marcus realizes that even though he may have caused his mother’s death, he must be able to embrace the most miniscule of material things, such as being able to incorporate his unique, eccentric lifestyle into society, instead of going along with it. Also, the incident of Fiona’s attempted suicide assisted Marcus in realizing that even though it may seem to him that he is an alien to the everyday societal changes of the world, he understands that what his mother had done for him in the past was beneficial to him now, because he apprehends that she knows what is best for him and what will be most beneficial to him. Acquiring this newly found self knowledge aids Marcus further on his path to self discovery.
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