Greasy Lake's Narrator

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Greasy lake's Narrator People go through many changes during their lifetime. I have gone through changes, you have gone through changes, and everyone will go through changes. The narrator from t. coraghessan boyle's "greasy lake" is no exception to this rule. From the beginning to the end of one night alone we see apparent changes in his character, lifestyle, and outlook on life.

In the first paragraph of the story, the narrator gives us a glimpse of what he was like going into the night. "We were dangerous characters then....we were bad" (Pg. 112). He also gives us other clues that tell us that he was indeed a bad ass, when he says things like, "we wore torn up leather jackets, slouched around with toothpicks in our mouths, sniffed glue and ether and what somebody claimed was cocaine" (Pg. 112). We see that the narrator is into doing anything that will give him a buzz or get him high.

I do not know if the author is trying to prove that he is a bad ass by telling us this, or trying to prove to us that he is a dumb ass. Either way we do see that the narrator is in the cool hip crowd. I can picture him standing there with a cigarette in his mouth, wearing a black leather jacket, and his hair slicked back like "the Fonz". While spitting out curses every other word, he makes derogatory comments to women and old ladies as they pass by, possibly even stealing candy from a baby. He wants to be bad and he fits the basic bad boy type. He believes that being bad is cool, however, I am sure that by the end of the story his views have changed.

He is the type of person whom...



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