Troy was the only one that wanted to go further. So he says what do yawl want to do now. They all say white water rafting so they go. When they go white water rafting they go on some of the hardest currents. Fifteen-year-old Jessie and his other teenage members of a the survival school team abandon their adult leader Al, hijack his boats, and try to run the dangerous white water at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
“Greasy Lake,” by T. Coraghessan Boyle, is the coming of age tale of three young “tough guys” who discover the real meaning of tough in the visceral forms of violence and mortality. In an ill-fated party trip to Greasy Lake, the boys inadvertently attract the enraged attention of a true-to-life tough guy, and in the ensuing fight the narrator strikes down the older, stronger, man. The boys, pumping with adrenaline, attack the unconscious man’s date in a serendipitously aborted rape attempt, then flee to the woods and into the lake itself for safety from reprisal. In the course of the escape, the protagonist undergoes a series of psychological shocks, effectively beginning his transformation into an adult. The boys set themselves against middle class society, posing as “dangerous characters” (Boyle 77), and costuming themselves in “torn-up leather jackets,…[while striking] elaborate poses to show that [they] didn’t give a shit about anything” (Boyle 77).
Although Jeff, Digby, and the narrator of the short story, “Greasy Lake” feel that their behavior is dangerous, rebellious, and “bad,” in reality the three nineteen year old boys are nothing of the sort. The narrator in, “Greasy Lake,” may describe the three boys as being “bad,” but the symbols that author T. Coraghessan Boyle places throughout the story depletes the bad boy images that they believe they possess. One symbol, for example, is the multiple vehicles that appear all through the story. Each vehicle symbolizes who is considered bad in the story and who is not. The narrator describes how he drives Jeff, Digby, and himself all throughout the town and to Greasy Lake in his mother’s station wagon.
At night i will admit i crave sugary foods or some junk food, im not sure why but its just a bad habit that im trying to break. 8.14.09 Knowledge, i think that the things im good at or i know alot about are because of my parents, they helped me out with that. 8.17.09 A reoccuring nightmare is when i wake up to my house being robbed and there is nothing i can do about it and its like im stuck and i cant talk or i cant move, i just see everything happening and i stress out, definately not a fun nightmare to have. ive had it for about 1 week straight when i was younger. kind of got over it as i got older.
Where the people once lived off the land that was once theirs In the beginning of the poem, the beaver comes and starts to build a dam with limbs, branches, mud and sand. Higher, stronger, greater dam, he works all day and night not knowing the consequences this will bring. The next day the once bubbling stream becomes a pond and later a stagnant lake. It is then filled with unwanted creepy crawlies, frogs, snakes and turtles. There is no longer fresh water for the other animals to drink.
Even then they are on a violent high and when the dead guy’s girlfriend appears in the story they try to rape her only to flee when other bad characters appear searching for them. The narrator loses his friends and hides in the lake thinking like a child that if he hides there no one will find him. When it is clear they all reunite and make a run for it in their car only to be stopped by women who ask for the dead guy, they
Algernon’s attitude is the one that prevails leading the audience to identify it with the voice of Wilde: “In all important matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential”. 2 Throughout “The Importance of Being Earnest” there is an inversion of the serious and the trivial. It is expressed by Algernon when he says, “I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them” It is a “serious comedy for trivial people” because the triviality of food carries serious meanings. The way you serve tea expresses a reaction to power and status.
Stradlater, Holden’s roommate, shows phoniness by how he is a “secret slob” also how it annoys Holden to where he gets into a fight with Stradlater over his sloppiness with Jane, which leads Holden to alienating him. Stradlater is a secret slob because as Holden says, “Stradlater was more of a secret slob. He always looked all right, Stradlater, but for instance, you should have seen the razor he shaved himself with. It was always rusty as hell and full of lather and hairs and crap” (35). This is showing Stradlater is a secret slob because he appears all right on the outside, but once someone gets to know him, they know he is slob.
Sadly, the pressures and expectations that the boy in “Greasy Lake” tries to live up to not only disturb him emotionally but lead to devastation for others as well. For the woman in “Hills like White Elephants” she is compliant and willing to lose everything she is worth to be brought in by a group of nomads, and commit her life to someone who does not love her as much as she loves him. Unfortunately, the themes displayed in these short stories can be transcribed to reality and many people have fallen to the pressures they face in society. Some pressures throughout history have been disastrous and lead to deaths, irrevocable mistakes, disease, and remorse. It is important for people to love who they are and embrace themselves first.
It’s about a young adult named Holden Caulfield who never finds anything appealing. Holden always feels depressed and lonely, but always tries to hold it in. In the beginning Holden gets kicked out school, and then just aimlessly goes around New York City. This book appeals to a mass population for its complexity and relates to anyone who has ever gone through emotional trauma in their lives. Many believe that the most significant themes of the book include phoniness, death/suicide, and “The Catcher in the Rye.” Phoniness is a tremendous structure of The Catcher in the Rye.