Greasy Lake Analysis

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OLAKUNLE KASSIM Essay 1 As teenagers on the brink of adulthood go through a stage in their lives where they want freedom and do things differently from what a successful person is supposed to be. During these teenage years, they attempt and try-on different elements, such as violence, drugs, drinking alcohol, and sexual encounter and become involved in various nuisance activities. The life of a wayward teenager without morals is characterized by atrocities, one who learns the hard way, or if possible figure out what path to take in life. Do they stay immoral, or do they learn from their mistakes? During high school years, most teenagers get their first involvement: “Greasy Lake,” by T.C. Boyle, a short story where the author showcases a group of male teenagers who experience the phase detailed above. At the tail-end of the story, the protagonist makes a different decision on what path to take in life because of the confusion he experienced while going through…show more content…
. . it was good to be bad . . . We were all dangerous characters then” (Charters 164). The narrator changes his opinion about the lake and past decisions. Then, the protagonist mentioned that he and his friends pride in being bad and going against the norm. They listened to rock and roll music, smoked cigarettes, did drugs, drank, and spent time with girls at dangerous spot, Greasy Lake, was a nice place to be which made all the cool kids visit. “We went up to the lake because everyone went there, because we wanted to snuff the rich sent of possibility on the breeze, watch a girl take off her clothes and plunge into the festering murk, drink beer, smoke pot, howl at the stars, savor the incongruous full-throated roar of rock and roll against the primeval susurrus of frogs and crickets. This was nature. (Charters

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