About A Boy by Nick Hornby: Analysis Chapter 5
Analysis Chapter 5 02.11.11
fifth chapter of the novel About A Boy” from Nick Hornby
published in 1998 is about Marcus, a 12-year-old boy, and his
problems at home and in school.
doesn't know what to do. His mother starts crying and
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Briony has finished writing the Trials of Arabella for her brother’s return (Leon).
Her room and stories are describing, reflecting aspects of her personality that align with her future actions.
The cousins from the north are arrive (Lola Quincey and the twins, Jackson and Pierrot) because their parents are getting a divorce.
After the twins have had a house tour and a swim in the pool, the first rehearsal for the play begins.
Briony involves the cousins in the play and reluctantly casts Lola as Arabella.
Key Quotes & Analysis:
“love that did not build on a foundation of good sense was doomed”
“Tempest of composition”– a storm is coming, foreshadowing the destructive nature of Briony’s future actions.
Also hints at the contextual unrest of the country – the impending war.
“luminous, yearning fantasies”
The plot of Trials of Arabella is similar to that of classic gothic literature, mocked by Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey (quoted at the very beginning of the novel, it’s about a young woman who mistakenly believes a crime has happened).
Cecilia – “unclosed books, unfolded clothes, unmade bed, unemptied ashtrays” – a clear contrast to her sister, Cecilia possesses a sense of care free liberty.
“Briony’s was a shrine to her controlling demon”
“denied her the reckless possibilities of wrongdoing” and “mayhem and destruction were too chaotic for her tastes” – foreshadowing and irony.
“a love of order also shaped her principles of justice” – reveals the underlying reason for why she convicted Robbie, it fits neatly with her narrative and satisfies her need for order.
“more pleasing than a model farm” – Briony is desperate to retain the simple order of childhood, but wants to mature whilst avoiding the complexities of adulthood (an impossible task).
At the end of the novel, she re-watches Trials of Arabella, suggesting her longing for her ordered childhood. Briony provided order for both the reader and herself, but doesn’t necessarily deliver the truth and uses writing to return to her childish imagination that is ma.....[read full text]
“Morning sunlight… could not conceal the ugliness of the Tallis home” and “crumbling” and “timeless, unchanging calm” – This hints at an inevitable doom. The decaying house is contrasted with the beautiful natural imagery, McEwan uses this as a symbol that the Tallis family will destroy Robbie and Cecilia’s relationship.
Emily Tallis is “nurturing her migraine” – a verb that is usually associated with a maternal responsibility is not being applied to her children, but her own status as a victim.
Emily submits to the role of women of the 1930s .....