“…gin in one hand and a roach clip in the other”(pg 2), they took drugs and drank alcohol, listened to loud music, wrecked others’ properties, watched people make out by the lake, and “didn’t give a shit about anything” as they drove recklessly. The author portrays Greasy Lake as “fetid and murky” (pg 1) with its banks “glittering with broken glass and strewn with beer cans and the charred remains of bonfires” (pg 1). This image of destruction parallels with and supports the main characters’ violent behaviour, thus explaining why they to Greasy Lake. As the teenagers rebel, they allow their primal instincts to govern themselves. Dictions including “snuff”, “howl”, and “primeval susurrus” (pg 1) imitate their animalistic behaviour as they inch towards what they perceived as “nature” (pg 2) then, which is to rebel.
One day, Chang-e washes clothes in the bank of a river with her girlfriends. Suddenly, one concupiscent and evil River Monster roams and arrives here. When he sees Chang-e’s beautiful appearance, he becomes a very handsome boy and he wants to win her heart. However, Chang-e has no interest in him and goes away. At that time, River Monster turns into his real appearance and wants to pull her into the water.
The gang of friends believes that they are all “bad characters” and because of this have the right to do anything as they please. A.) “There was a time when courtesy and winning ways went out of style, when it was good to be bad, when you cultivated decadence like a taste.” (Boyle 168) B.) “Wearing torn up jackets, slouchy appearance with toothpicks in their mouth, sniffing glue and ether, and striking poses to show they didn’t give a shit about anything.” (Boyle 168) C.) “They were slick and quick and they wore their mirror shades at breakfast and lunch and dinner, in the shower, in closets and caves. They were bad.”(Boyle 169) TS 2.)
The Greasy Lake Story In the short story “Greasy Lake” written by an American Novelist most known by T. C. Boyle is a sensational and a thriller story. Greasy Lake is a story of three young nineteen year old substandard and bad boys, the narrator of the story and his two friends Digby and Jeff. Boyle describes their "Bad Boy" behavior: “we wore torn-up leather jackets, slouched around with toothpicks in our mouths, sniffed glue and ether…” (170). Boyle descriptions explains how and what a bad boy could look like that causes a lot of trouble. The plot summary of the story starts off by a little hangout lake called Greasy Lake where they can do whatever they want as they are pleased; watch a girl strip off her clothes, drink beer, smoke pot, and howl at the stars.
But the Mariner escapes his curse by unconsciously blessing the water snakes, and the albatross drops off his neck into the ocean. In the poem, I think the Albatross represents Nature, but it means nothing to the Mariner. What’s more, a ship followed by an albatross is generally consider an omen of good luck. When the Mariner kills the symbol of Nature, which is regarded as an act that will curse the ship, Nature quickly changes and began punishing him. He is then tortured by the rays of the sun and mocked by the sight of water that he could not drink.
Serene, pastel images of beautiful lilies floating on lakes, pleasing to the eye and without the hint of unrest. Hughes disputes this in his poem, claiming that the very spirit that moved Monet to paint nature’s beauty moves mankind to ignore its savagery. To enforce this idea, Hughes recounts the flight of dragonflies he sees near water lilies: the pond is their “furious arena”. He makes special note of the fact that dragonflies eat meat, an idea which implies bloodshed and assault. He claims that it “bullets by or stands in space to take aim”, distinct images of war.
He presses, presses, presses and the air leaves my lungs. I want to sleep, to drown, to bore deep within the boards of the raft." (P60) Father Tom violated Rayona's sense of security, she felt safe, but the raft was deceptive. The yellow raft also is dangerous for Rayona, she uses as a way to escape her problems and drift her into an imaginary world. While picking up litter in Bearpaw State Park, she catches her first glimpse of Ellen Demarco.
The white Australians became extremely vicious and began to throw food at us. Finally after hours of abuse Aboriginal children were allowed in the pools and the ban of Aboriginal children not being able to swim was then removed. I believe the freedom ride was a good act as it bringing awareness to the general public about how the aboriginal’s are being treated in rural areas. I hope racist people understand the living conditions of the aboriginals and the challenges they face in their day to day lives and I hope they change their views. Hopefully in the near future we will stop the white Australia policy because at the end of the day all aboriginals are all human just like us and deserve to be treated the same as every other Australian.
This chapter is counted into a climax and a turning point of the novel. Due to the effect of alcohol and ignorance from Sally and the bar singer, Holden made himself of a fool with collapsing sense of security. When he was in the park, he was overwhelmed by depress and miserableness. Tape, ducks and pond triggered his depressing memory of his brother Allie’s death and the fear of his own funeral, thereby revealing the root of his previous manic behavior: Holden was troubled by unexplained disappearance and he was in deep anxiousness that all the things that were related to his pure, innocent childhood would suddenly vanish. This echoes one of the themes of this novel—adolescent confusion on the way to the adult world and the pain of growing up.
The river does more than represent freedom. The river washes away sin (it washed away the bawdy house, and drowned the murderer, Pap), bestows wealth (including bountiful fish and valuable flotsam), and wreaks destruction (destroying both steamboats and towns). (Literary Places 3) The Freedom of the river, as in life, is not without its challenges. They used their wit and experience to get through all the difficulties they face on the river. On the raft, they are completely independent and determine their own courses of action.