Greasy lake by t. c. boylePaper Rating: Word Count: 1201 Approx Pages: 5
In "Greasy Lake by T. Coraghessan Boyle, there is meaning behind each description of the setting throughout the story. The setting changes as the story progresses. In the beginning of the story, the narrator introduces the area as a place of isolation, away from life. This image makes the reader believe that "Greasy Lake is a secluded place, different from any other place, where the narrator goes to be more rebelliously than he would in his own town. Boyle uses the setting to reflect the narrator's feelings by altering the narrator's perspectives as he changes from being nonsocial and rebellious to realizing he is not independent and appreciates convention.
First of all, the narrator describes this place as being mysterious, a place where rebellion occurs. The narrator describes "Greasy Lake as, "fetid and murky, ¦[its] mud banks glittering with broken glass and strewn with beer cans and the charred remains of bonfires (129). He describes the lake as rotten, stinky, and putrid, although makes it sound like a good thing. The bad qualities in his eyes are superior because they support his "bad image, which is independent and nonsocial. The narrator e