Analysis Of Greasy Lake By T. C. Boyle

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In the story of “Greasy Lake” by T.C. Boyle, three college “greasers” return home from their colleges, in the midst of looking for something to fix their boredom they head to a local hangout by the name of “Greasy Lake.” When pulling into the lot of the lake, a certain car caught their eyes, one of their friends. Taking a closer look at the car, it seems as if their friend was in the car with a girl. The three decide to mess with the car, just to find out that the car that they thought was Tony’s was not his at all. Out of the car comes a large mean looking man, the three of the teenaged greasers rally around the man, and attack. After a few good shots being traded from one another, one of the greasers acquires his tire iron from the inside …show more content…
694) It was complete hopelessness, thinking to myself, what could I have done to have changed this whole situation? Questioning myself the group of friends that I surround myself with and the bad decisions that have been made. After reading this story it really set in, that these teenagers are not truly the greasers they think they really are. From the beginning of the story they were acting all hard, “We were nineteen. We were bad. We read André Gide and struck elaborate poses to show that we didn’t give a shit about anything.” (Boyle. 687) Just like my friends and myself at the beginning of our night, but both the story by Boyle and the story of my own, ultimately ended with heading back home regretting everything that has …show more content…
My “friends” at the time were in deep trouble in my mind, but thankfully the guy was resentful with what happened, and knew that alcohol was a major factor. Unlike, the three greasers in the story, drinking away like there is no tomorrow, regardless of the consequences. So, charges were not being placed, but instead I felt like we should all sit down and discuss everything. We all had a sit-down about the actions and the events that have happened in previous times and settings before, we all agreed that this is not the characters we know and want to be. After reading this story, I wonder if the three greasers went on and had their own intervention and discussed the directions in life that they want to be led by. If they went home knowing and thought about what they could have done differently and the things they could have taken part in to sway them away from all the negativity. Questions wander in my mind of the possibilities and the back stories of those teenagers, and what came over them when that innocent girl came out from the car to see the man sprawled out on the ground twitching from the tire iron being hit over his head. Why would they do something like that? In conclusion, there are many ties between the story of my own and Boyle’s. From the darkness of the night, the consuming of alcohol and the impact of the situation, and the conflict that

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