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Greasy Lake - this frenzy their lust and sex drive lead...

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Katie Davidson Professor Nolan English II 31 August 2009 A Lesson Well-Learned T. Coraghessan Boyle’s references and allusions combined with his stream-of- consciousness prose expose the mindless, violent existence of these self-proclaimed “bad boys” throughout “Greasy Lake.” The main characters are just a group of obnoxious teenagers, a few “quick with a sneer” miscreant nineteen-year-olds, who drive their moms’ cars and have typically bad attitudes (Boyle 131). These kids are just that, kids trying to project an aura of toughness. The only time I would consider the protagonists “bad” is when the narrator beats the greaser. At this point, they surrender control to their primal instinct to survive, and in
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Unformatted text preview: this frenzy, their lust and sex drive lead them to attempted rape. It is at that moment, when he swims straight into a rotting corpse, that the narrator realizes the depth of his situation, understanding that he “was nineteen, a mere child, an infant” (Boyle 134). When faced with the opportunity for a night of fun with two blondes, an opportunity the narrator and his friends would have relished a night ago, he reverts to childhood and “wants to cry” (Boyle 137). They rescind the offer, proving the emotional development made in this memorable third day of summer....
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