Greasy Lake & Other Stories

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  • First Person Narration In Greasy Lake By T. Coraghessan Boyle

    In “Greasy Lake” T. Coraghessan Boyle tells a story of a late night with three boys. The narrator, Digby, and Jeff headed out to Greasy Lake after a long night of going in and out of every bar in town. The narrator, who remains nameless, tells the story. The narration of this story gives the reader a certain insight to the story. In Boyle’s “Greasy Lake”, the first person narration provides insight for the reader to experience things as the narrator does. The narration in “Greasy Lake” provides the readers with a specific message that “through suffering comes wisdom.” The narration gives in more detail the “suffering” the main character actually went through. Dennis Vannatta writes, “Were it not for the story’s obvious dual point of view…

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  • Greasy Lake: Outline: Rites Of Passage To Adulthood

    an adult; while some cultures have a major celebration for these, others simply do not, yet some others believe this can be achieved by rebelliousness, even if it is for a short time. I. Coming of age is something teenagers desire. A. Transitioning to adulthood is viewed differently based on belief and culture B. Rites of passage to adulthood may come with a price, especially for those that associate it with rebelliousness.…

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  • Theme Of Greasy Lake

    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…

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  • Perception And Reality In Bruce Springsteen's Greasy Night

    Springsteen’s “Spirit In The Night “, T.C. Boyle gave us an insight experience in the life of teenagers in the 1960s through his short story, “Greasy Lake”. It’s an insightful and exhilarating tale of how perception and reality play crucial roles in the teenage years. Throughout the story, T.C. Boyle elaborated how being rebellious by carrying on a crime spree and living a carefree life without realizing the consequence was…

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  • Greasy Lake Analysis

    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…

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  • Epiphanies In Greasy Lake

    Short Story Epiphanies There is a theme of epiphanies in “Greasy Lake” written by T. Coraghessan Boyle and “Cons” written by Jess Walter. The theme is very strong and prevalent in each story in their own way. In the story “Greasy Lake” there are epiphanies when the characters that they are not as bad as they would like to believe themselves be. The last short story “Cons” the main character has a very strong epiphany at the end. All the stories have strong epiphanies in all of them will be…

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  • Theme Of Symbolism In Greasy Lake

    back up would still be achievable. A trio of teenagers in T. Coraghessan Boyle’s “Greasy Lake” is starting off their summer by pulling off seemingly harmless pranks until they come faced with a dispute with the wrong kind of people. Through a series of actions these boys have shown murderous intent, an attempted rape scene, and are able to walk away scot free of any dire consequences. Throughout the story there are numerous symbols that show off to the readers that the boys had the choice to…

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  • Greasy Lake Character Analysis

    In “Greasy Lake”, by T. Coraghessan Boyle, a group of “bad characters” get into some trouble after cruising out at night. Dominick Grace asserts that “The youths in the story are clearly rebels without much cause and without much real need for rebellion. They are clearly not the genuinely bad characters they think they are.” (Grace 2). Throughout the story they try to show that they don’t care about anything through what they wear and through their actions, but that quickly changes after they…

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  • Analysis Of Greasy Lake By T. Coraghessan Boyle

    Perfectly captured in the title, the character being the unnamed narrator of this short story “Greasy Lake” by T. Coraghessan Boyle. This story follows the narrator though a series of unfortunate events where He and his friends Digby and Jeff attempt to exemplify the persona that they believe would be considered in accordance with a bad or “Greasy Character”. These three boys at their last teenage year as they spin there wheels in a June summer of 1960’s suburbia. Just as many small towns there…

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  • Analysis Of T. Coraghessan Boyle's The Love Of My Life

    They were inseparable, ""I love you," he told her, because he did, because there was no feeling like this, no triumph, no high--it was like being immortal and unconquerable, like gloating. And a hundred times a day she said it too. (613)" the two decide to take a trip and go camping after graduation. At this point in the story we are focusing on Jeremy and China's relationship and how strong it seems. We do however notice their naivety in there actions, particularly after they run out of…

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