The descriptions of the motorcycle and the “greasy character,” both produce the tough image that the narrator, Jeff, and Digby yearn for, whereas the narrator’s mother’s “whining” station wagon does not (125, 127). When the narrator, Jeff, and Digby retreat to the woods and the lake after their attempted rape, the narrator’s car is demolished and trashed by the angry greasy man, and two “blond types [wearing] fraternity jackets” that appear in a Trans-Am. The demolition of the narrator’s car symbolizes how weak and vulnerable he is, like a little school boy getting beaten up by an older, tougher bully, and takes away whatever “bad” boy image he had left. After emerging from their hide outs in the lake, the boys return to their car the next morning and are greeted by two
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.
This comparison between religion and the massacre introduces the ritualistic nature of brutality, in that the massacre was a necessity performed for the advancement of a cause. The perversion of religion later foreshadows how brutality has a propensity to descend from ritualistic brutality to uncontrollable brutality, when Don Guillermo enters the lines. This is represented by the “drunkenness” entering the lines as Guillermo is readied for his execution. These “drunkards” are not just drunk from alcohol as it is also “other elements than wine”3; they are drunk with their vengeance and power held over the Fascists. The distinction between alcohol-induced drunkenness and revenge-induced drunkenness is made very clear.
Both were drinking until they were drunk and thought of the idea to go to the neighbor’s house and beat him and set his trailer on fire. Because of this, Miller knew what he was doing when he went over to the neighbor’s house and Miller should be tried as an adult even though he is only a
After he quit, he went outside and the girls got into their car and drove off. They never looked back at him what so ever. If he quit because Lengal did something very wrong to him or has a legit excuse that's one thing but quitting to impress a girl is silly. The narrator in Greasy Lake also does something very foolish. He nearly murdered someone.
Throughout the novel Jack starts to rebel and he becomes obsessed with hunting. Piggy’s glasses crack during a fight, and that’s when things start going downhill. Ralph still has control, and the conch possessed power. Soon after that Jack starts his own tribe on the other side of the island; the dark side. He is leader and there are no rules, just fun and games.
The villainous Highwaymen, drug addicts, and gangsters all came apart at the seams when their lifestyles changed for the worse. They brutally attacked Dr. Dan Gunn and stole his car, medical tools, and scotch. The drug abusers also robbed the pharmacy for Narcotics and Stimulants to satisfy their addictions. During these chaotic times, even the kindest gentleman can turn savage against his own
Soon his anger takes the best of him, “you’ve had a fair warning now,” I yelled at him. I’m enraged now” (139). His existential beliefs are pushing him to attack the goat without reason, “I tip up a boulder, and let it fall thundering down at him” (139). The goat notices Grendel the entire encounter and completely ignores him. It climbs the cliff instinctively, attempting to dodge Grendel’s attacks, “he keeps on climbing, mindless, mechanical, because it is the business of goats to climb” (140).
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; But someone still was yelling out and stumbling And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime... Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. If in some smothering dreams you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin; If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,— My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.
They are described as irresponsible opportunists who are stubborn and unchangeable. The members in the camp live in an alienated society where it is acceptable for men to behave as animals, wild and unkempt in all of their ways. This depiction by the narrator is created in order to provide excitement in the story when a change is introduced. A shift in the narrator’s attitude towards the men signals this change. The men develop a responsibility after a mother dies giving birth to a child.