Boyhood friendships exist from moment to moment in and unrealistic and imaginative state, never taking time to be concerned with each others appearances or long term plans. Each of the two passages clearly support this view point, the first authored by Frank Conroy and the second by William Maxwell. These two passages prove the point that boy hood friendships are lived in the moment by using point of view and imagery. In the first passage by Frank Conroy the story is conveyed through the eyes of Conroy as a young boy, from his point of view.
By using point of view this story is a prime example of how young boys live in the moment and have excellent imaginations. The opening sentence of this passage states that he doesnt remember everything about meeting Tobey, only that he wondered how he could walk on the hot, sharp coral with out shoes. No mention of what he looked like, what he was wearing at the time, or what he talked like. The second example found in this passage comes from line 28. The first project was a tree-house built precariously high on a tall pine. The climb was difficult for anyone who didnt know the hand-holds wed constructed at the hardest parts.
Again, the young boys imaginations were running rampant, they devised secret climbing techniques, as if anyone else would be bothered to climb the tree to get to their tree house, Conroy himself has already said several times that there was no one else around. The children enjoyed using their imaginations to make everything all the more interesting. Another well painted example of Conroy imagination as a young boy occurred when he and his playmate discovered a dead mule. We talked about that mule for weeks.
What was its fascination Death dramatized something of unbelievable importance being revealed right in front of us. (49-51) Again, the two boyhood friends used their imagination to pretend that this dead mule was something important. It didnt just die, it died for a very specific and important reason. Boyhood friendships are lived moment to moment using their imaginations to make life interesting. William Maxwells description of a brief moment in his child hood is excellently supplemented by his use of imagery to allow the reader to feel as if they are there with them and that they are imagining the same dreams as the boys were imagining in their youth. However, as with the first passage, this passage also shows how children do not seem to care what each other look like when they play together, they are living in the moment, nothing else matters.
If I saw him now the way he was then, I dont know that I would recognize him. (25) Maxwell clearly states that he gave no regard to what the boy looked like, they were just friends. Similarly, he doesnt recall conversations that they had. I suppose I said, Come on up. (17) That is what he thinks he said, but truth be known he was really too intrigued by the frame of his new house that he was climbing on to be bothered. The boys had no need to pay attention to such details they were busy using their imaginations and having fun playing together... teetering like circus acrobats on a circus high wire.
(20-21) Excellent imagery paints a picture of two young boyhood friends not just walking n a beam, but imagining an adventure to go with it, just walking on a beam would be boring. The boyhood friends enjoyed each others company, and nothing more, never really got to know one other, just enjoyed being playmates. The nature of boyhood friendships exist from moment to moment in and unrealistic and imaginative state. Aspects of each other like looks and appearances do not matter.
Both passages, even though the first takes place over what appears to be several months or years and the second is a mere week or so, are similar in that both boyhood friendships are just that, friendships. The two sets of friends enjoy living day to day with each others company and imagining the same dreams as the other while going out on the same adventures as the other. Each boyhood friendship may be different in the dreams dreamt or the adventures explored, but all boyhood friendships are that of the same nature.