Analysis of Greasy Lake

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In "Greasy Lake  by T. Coraghessan Boyle the three boys become young men on the third, boring night of their summer vacation when they go to the muddy and shiny lake where they are overwhelmed by the barriers they must overcome. The unforeseen conflict leads the three boys to see reality. One knows that the transformation from adolescence to adulthood may be a bit overwhelming due to the responsibilities that go with adulthood. The narrator and his two friends, Jeff and Digby, come across a terrible obstacle at the Greasy Lake when they are approached by a bad greasy character. In this story, the main character experiences an epiphany, a moment of insight by which his view of life is greatly changed.

Thinking that life is like a "box of cherries  is not always the best way to view life in respect to the problems and decisions that must be faced by man, but at the beginning of this story, that seems to be the way these three teenagers see life. The three nineteen-year-old boys consider they are "bad  and "didn't give a shit about anything  (129). It is ironic because the narrator is driving his mom's Bel-Air, while Jeff is not sure what he plan... Continue Reading