An Analysis of Leo’s Emotional Development in Tobias Wolff’s “The Missing Person”


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An Analysis of Leo’s Emotional Development in Tobias Wolff’s “The Missing Person”
Introduction and Overview
In the book, Back in the World, the story “The Missing Person” presents a tale that is essentially about ethics and right and wrong and a person who finds his lost self through redemption and trying to connect with the world. This is why the story has the title in which it has, that we are all missing until we find out who we are, and usually this process is not easy. It is the tale of Father Leo who is disenchanted by his service to his church because nobody seems to rely on him anymore and he doesn’t really offer anything in the way of guidance, he believes. For this reason, he goes from church to church in search of meaning and...
The end:
.....nderstanding of who he is. In other words, but he needed to experience Las Vegas to complement his other self as a priest.
“The Missing Person” presents a tale of the emotional development of Father Leo, from lost and wandering to someone who blurs ethical boundaries when he meets Jerry, who is a true con man that affects Leo’s character in a new way and tests his own ethical boundaries. Through this process, Leo is better able to understand himself as both a priest and someone who is capable of telling lies to connect with people and make new friends. In this process, Leo ultimately finds redemption and better self-understanding.
Works Cited
Wolff, Tobias. “The Missing Person.” In Back in the World. New York: Random House, 1996.