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What do you feel is the significance of the title?

Created: 06/01/15

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reene

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What do you feel is the significance of the title?


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reene

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RE: For Today I Am A Boy

I feel that it indicates Peter's own questioning. Today he is a boy, but tomorrow?


Posted Jun. 01, 2015 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dianec

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

There is a song by Anthony and the Johnsons with that same title, "For Today I am a Boy." Some of the lyrics:
One day I'll grow up, I'll be a beautiful woman.
One day I'll grow up, I'll be a beautiful girl.
One day I'll grow up, I'll be a beautiful woman.
One day I'll grow up, I'll be a beautiful girl.

But for today I am a child, for today I am a boy.
For today I am a child, for today I am a boy.
For today I am a child, for today I am a boy.

One day I'll grow up, I'll feel the power in me.
One day I'll grow up, of this I'm sure.
One day I'll grow up, I know whom within me.
One day I'll grow up, feel it full and pure.

But for today I am a child, for today I am a boy.
For today I am a child, for today I am a boy.
For today I am a child, for today I am a boy.

Read more: Antony And The Johnsons - For Today I Am A Boy Lyrics | MetroLyrics:
http://www.metrolyrics.com/for-today-i-am-a-boy-lyrics-antony-and-the-johnsons.html

Editor's Note: Here's a link to a recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X89Svt0TS8Y


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reene

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

Thanks for sharing, dianec
Had not heard this before


Posted Jun. 01, 2015 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
ABeman

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

Kim Fu quotes the song in her epigraph. Thanks, dianec, for the recording link.

Some of us grow into ourselves in a dramatically different way than we were expected. Some of us grow into ourselves in a way that does not veer far from expectations. Either way, today's self is different than tomorrow's, and we can only hope that tomorrow's comes a little closer to our best and most fulfilling.


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stacerbase

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

Certainly the title implies hope for tomorrow, but as we read the novel it also can be read as the hopelessness that Peter feels in the moment.


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lynnw

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

For the time being I will be what is expected of me, but I will live my own life my own way one day.


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lindaj

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

I will try to be a son for the time being, but one day, I will be me.
Dianec - thanks for sharing that!


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kate

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

I love the title! Thanks dianec for sharing the lyrics. I agree with others in the view that Today I am a boy, but tomorrow holds a different future for me. That is what Peter holds onto to give him hope.


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tracyb

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

Another thanks for the lyrics. The journey..the way he lets the world see him...Change isn't instant...day to day


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marganna

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

Thanks for the lyrics. The epigraph gives the reader a glimpse of the significance. After I completed the story, I think the title is fitting - to me the significance is Peter's dilemma. Peter wants to be a beautiful woman; knows in his heart that he is but for today he is unable to express this gender. There is hope in the song's lyrics.


Posted Jun. 11, 2015 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
mal

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

A sign of hope. Peter resigned the fact he was a boy with the hopes of change at some point.


Posted Jun. 11, 2015 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
mariannes

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

The title shows the fact that he is a boy, but suggests that he's not resigned to it.


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robinm

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

I'm not yet finished with the book, but the title seems to be a reflection of Peter's resignation that he was born a boy. He's a boy now, and not comfortable with it. Maybe on another day Peter will not be a boy.


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kathleenb

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

dianec wrote out the words for the song by Anthony and the Johnsons. For Today I Am a Boy. it was written in the book with the first two stanza's. I thought it was perfect and beautiful and a poem that just matched the book right on.


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swchis39

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RE: What do you feel is the significance of the title?

He is stating the obvious. However saying "today" perhaps means that it won't always be that way.


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