Moral And Tragic Decisions In Greasy Lake

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Teenagers face cross roads of moral and pragmatic decisions as they grow and develop throughout their lives. For every positive action there is likewise a negative possible action and subsequently a decision of negative basis. Therefore there must in fact be those who have chosen detrimentally negative decisions. however at the time of inception the decisions being made were that of heart corresponding directly to the teenagers immediate physical and mental needs. Humans live in a world of context, therefore there is a basis of moral constituency that human beings must follow if they are to succeed and survive in modern day society. Thus outlining negative and positives “rules” people must abide to. But how can a teeangers decision bet categorized …show more content…
greasy lake depicts a boy having had graduated high school who is ready to be released into the wild and yet still resides in the nest that he grew up in. He is surrounded by friends who are in the same position as himself. The position being that of a loose cannon, ready to take on a world of responsibility yet still living under the wing of a parental figures care. The position of the protagonist is shown when the narrator states, “ We went up to the lake because everyone went there, because we wanted to snuff the rich sent of possibility on the breeze, watch a girl take off her clothes and plunge into the festering murk, drink beer, smoke pot, howl at the stars, savor the incongruous full-throated roar of rock and roll against the primeval susurrus of frogs and crickets. This was nature” (Boyle 3). The protagonist of “Greasy Lake” is still just a teenager. He enters nature with primordial urges and yet is on the horizon of becoming an adult and therefore he seeks an escape from the weight of the position he is in. Although he continues to hold to the needs of a teenager he is still becoming an adult about to attend university. Here in explains the decision making of not only himself but of his entire friend group upon attacking an unknown individual and almost taking advantage of a woman. (Boyle 3) A renowned book on teenage human nature by the name of the “Lord of The Flies” depicts an event of similarity where the conjoined wrath of teenage boys leads them to morally perceived negative actions. Specifically represented through the mob mentality of the boys attacked Robert who was then perceived as a wild boar, “The chant rose ritually, as at the last moment of a dance or a hunt. "Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!" Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to

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