Analysis Of The Setting ' Greasy Lake ' Essay

830 Words Nov 28th, 2015 4 Pages
The setting in T. Coraghessan Boyle’s “Greasy Lake” shows powerful symbols that can help the reader understand certain aspects of story. Greasy lake is a story, where the narrator, who represents Boyle due to his rebellious childhood, goes out with his also “independent friends” to a hang out spot to party and maybe meet women. Little did they know that the lake itself is “fetid and murky” and the surrounding are “mud banks with glittering with broken glass and strewn with beer cans and the charred remains of bonfires” (129). The characters get in a fight with people thinking that they were someone else and then at the end story realize they don’t want to be independent people anymore and turn down a party from a woman. Since nature can be a powerful symbol, the setting of greasy lake uses its surrounding as symbols to help us understand the character and the story. In the beginning, the narrator explains that lake was not always filthy and disgusting. The narrator explained that before the lake was called “Wakan” by the Indians, for being “a reference to the clarity of the waters, so instead being “fetid and murky” it was clear (129). The transformation from the “Wakan” to now is s symbol of how things changed for young people and how the youth’s morals changed from good to bad (129).The narrator even says that “there was a time where courtesy and winning went out of style” also describing that it was the norm to be bad at the time (129). It symbolizes how the youth was…

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