Essay on Greasy Lake

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Greasy Lake


T. Coraghessan Boyle's "Greasy Lake" and "Big Game" are similarly structured but
completely different short stories that explain the transitions of people from fake slaves
of their image to genuine and realized individuals. If not portrayed in the stories, the
development in the characters certainly escapes into the reader's imagination and almost
magically makes them the learned. The plot of the two stories is one of the strongest
lines connecting them together by way of foundation, but at the same time it establishes
completely different story lines that follow the same beat.



Boyle's evolution from "Greasy Lake" to "Big Game" has also provided for a progression in
his style. Evident from the two stories is the contrasted amounts of detail and abstract
detail. In some sense, Boyle has mellowed over the two stories by leaving out many of the
twists and turns of "Greasy Lake" in "Big Game," but in the same sense has become more
exciting with more violence and action. The plots in the two stories are similar in
structure and pattern of action. They both include violence and regretful lessons learned
the hard way, and seam to involve similar events and characters. A definite change in
Boyle's plot over the course of the two stories however, is the loss in significance and
importance of the plot and the take over by setting and character instead.

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