Topics: Sibling, Birth order, Men Pages: 3 (899 words) Published: September 25, 2014
Ramond Mcmonigal
English 101

The “ Higher Power”

In today's society men are looked at as, " the higher power " or, as " more powerful " . Naturally Boys feel the need to assert their power to others at an early age. Rick Moody's short story "Boys", shows us the relationships between brother and sister and then between the boys and their father. Boys in early ages can be very ruthless and reckless. In Rick Moody's "Boys", the power of masculinity takes over the boys lives and through tragedy the boys are able to come together and let down their guard.

In the early stages of the boys lives they feel the need to show off their masculinity and they do this by tormenting their little sister. In Rick Moody's "Boys", it states, "not long after which boys gig a hole in the back yard and bury their younger sister's dolls two feet down, so that she will never find these dolls and these dolls will rot in hell" (Moody 196). The Boys relate their sisters dolls to femininity and they feel the need to show off their power by destroying them. Without realizing that they're hurting their sister they do it anyways because they felt the need to show off their masculinity. This shows how at a young age boys can be so reckless toward a family member and not care about how they feel and how they are affecting their lives. Young kids in today's society are very destructive and do not care about other peoples feelings. Later down the road in life boys come to see all the bad they've done and are full of regret.

There is even a piece in the story where the boys go as far as making their sister eat a poisonou mixture. In “Boys” it says, "attempting to persuade their sister that she should eat the mixture" (Moody 196). This shows that the boys were ruthless enough to have their sister eat something that could possibly kill her. Boys may be reckless at a young age but when tragedy strikes that's when all the regret comes to haunt them.

At a young age boys...
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