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“Good student, natural athlete, but his big thing was mechanics. One of those boys, you put him in the same room with a clock and he’s got it in pieces before you can turn around. By the time he was in second grade he could put the clocks back together, not to mention the vacuum cleaner and the TV and the engine of Mike’s old lawn mower. Frank was plain in his speech, neither formal nor folksy, so spare and sometimes harsh that his jokes sounded like challenges, or insults. Frances was about the only one who got them.”

In Tobias Wolfe’s “The Night In Question,” Benny is seen as Frank’s foil. The narrator tells of how smart, efficient, and obedient Benny is at such a young age. It appears that though he is very smart, Frank does not like this. Frank is described as being just the opposite. He does not have a big vocabulary and always wanting to get into trouble. It appears that in the story, the narrator highlights these two boys’ attributes and abilities to show the conflict. Benny faces much child abuse because of Frank. It is possible that Frank sees how great Benny is and has an internal conflict with himself and/or views himself as not being good enough. Frank’s internal conflict may be what leads him to such anger. The insecurities that are caused by the attributes of Benny cause Frank to question whether Frances really loves him. This story shows how many insecurities shape our thought process, relationships, and actions. It is a matter of whether we can all rise above those insecurities and feel more confident of one’s self.

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