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    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 Setting

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    We are our surroundings. Our surroundings make us, us. Our environment gives us our character. For instance some people may adapt to their surroundings, or may become the exact opposite. People are easily victimized by their habitat. In T. Coraghessan Boyle’s short story, “Greasy Lake,” the setting of this foul lake plays a crucial role in developing the climax of the story and ultimately leads to the narrator’s realization that he is wasting his teenaged life. In a cross match twist; Boyle,…

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    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

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    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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    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

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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…

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    Epiphanies In Greasy Lake

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    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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    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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    Rebellion in “A&P” and “Greasy Lake” Rebellion is an overarching theme in both John Updike’s “A&P” and T. Coraghessan Boyle’s “Greasy Lake.” A sense of rebellion and a primitive urge to break free of society’s expectations and standards as well a shared sense of antiestablishmentarianism afflicts both narrators. However, the motives for their behavior are different, and they are drawn to a rebellious lifestyle for different reasons. For Sammy from “A&P,” he decides to rebel because of the appeal…

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    Tc Boyle's Greasy Lake

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    T.C. Boyle’s Greasy Lake T.C. Boyle’s Greasy Lake is a short fiction that focuses on three young men in the 1960s. A time when the narrator says, it was good to be bad, when young people cultivated decadence like a taste. The three young privileged men take a night out on the town at Greasy Lake, when they can drink, smoke, listen to music, and howl at the moon. This story can be seen as a representation of Boyle’s teenage years as he refers to himself as a sort of pampered punk. As described…

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