Greasy Lake And Setting Analysis Essay

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Greasy Lake and Setting Oftentimes, the setting is a particularly crucial part of a story. It could be symbolic for an idea, or it could contribute to the change of a characters personality. Furthermore, setting does not only refer to the location or time period of the story; it could also pertain to “climate and even the social, psychological, or spiritual state of the participants” (Literature, Glossary of Literary Terms, G26). The significance of setting is especially prevalent in the short story, Greasy Lake, by T.C. Boyle. Regarding the setting, though the time period is never outright mentioned it can be inferred form references used by the narrator that it is around the 1960’s when the story takes place, but this is is not the sole time for the setting, “There was a time when courtesy and wining ways went out of style, when it was good to be bad, when you cultivated decadence like a taste. We were all dangerous characters then. We wore torn-up later jackets, slouched around with toothpick in our mouths, sniffed glue and ether and what somebody claimed was cocaine” (Boyle 120-121). From this excerpt, the setting could also be contrived as the time during a persons teenage years, when the person is no longer a child, and they are permitted to make their own decisions and start to become rebels. The narrator and his two friends were no different form the rest of the teenagers of that time, “We went up to the lake because because everyone went there,… This is nature”…

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