Greasy Lake Essay

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In the story “Greasy Lake" by Tom Coraghessan Boyle, a group of youngsters are searching for that one situation that will declare them as bad boys .Boyle used the theme of being bad by using the different characters to symbolize someone always trying to be more than they really are which many teenagers could relate to. The bar is set high on being bad ,in order to be looked at as cool or popular.The narrator in the beginng of the story thought him and his friends were cool and that "it was good to be bad, when you cultivated decadence like a taste."(Boyle 408) Painful lessons were learned that teaches the narrator that there will be consequences .Boyle uses many symbols to create the theme. From the begging of the story , the car they drive to Greasy Lake was an old station wagon, thats without a doubt ,not the “ride” of a true tough-guy. Soon as the boys arrive at the Greasy Lake, a “chopper” is parked on the shore, and next to it is a 57 Chevy (Boyle 413). Both of the vehicles are like race cars that imply a “greasy” image. The Chevy owner is a tough muscular character . The biker, whom is regarded as a bad older character, is said to be dangerous. The vehicles are a representation of the individuals who drove them.Another symbol of the danger the young men face is Greasy Lake itself.The lake is described as being "fetid and murky, the mud banks glittering with broken glass and strewn with beer cans" (Boyle 409). It is a sign that nothing good lies within .Several times throughout the story, Boyle refers to not only the main characters as being "greasy," but also describes a variety of other people in the same way. This ties the lake and the “greasy” characters together.It is ironic that not only is the lake named Greasy Lake, but the individuals who hang out there are also referred to as being greasy characters as well.From thinking they seen a friend of

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