The Impact of a Story: The Boy's Life

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“You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” This quote by Paul Sweeney describes exactly how I felt after reading and watching Tobias Wolff’s memoir This Boy’s Life. After I closed the book and once the credits started to roll, I felt as if something in my life went missing. I speak for everyone when I say that it’s impossible to walk away from this story without taking something away from it. Audrey Hepburn says that everything she has learned in life, she learned from movies. A quote from Groucho Marx stated that when he read a book, he brought something away from it. Even if he learned a new word or a lesson in life that he could live by, he at least remembered something. After reading a book or watching a movie, there is always something that you can say you did not know before. So does the movie and memoir This Boy’s Life have any value? Yes this book does have value, what book doesn’t?. The value of this book and movie can be determined by the lessons it teaches, how people can relate to it, and new learning experience and fun it provides in the English curriculum.

Slow and steady wins the race. He that has many friends has no friends. We all become familiar with these lessons but where did we learn them? We learn lessons from parents and grandparents that have passed them down but the most common place we learn valuable life lessons would be from books. Books, both fiction and non-fiction, teach lessons that can help us later on in life. Examples of books that have very valuable life lessons include The Tortoise and the Hare, Horton Hatches the Egg, and many other fables and children’s books. Horton Hatches the Egg teaches that it’s important to keep your promises because faithfulness has its own rewards. Like many other stories, This Boy’s Life has many important lessons in it too. Think before you act would be an example of a life lesson that this book teaches. During this story, Toby...
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