"The time, place and circumstances in which something occurs or develops," and this is the definition of setting from "The Merriam Webster Dictionary." Without the setting, how could a fiction be complete? The setting gives all fictions clothing. Clothing can be used to learn about whomever or whatever is wearing them. Therefore, the setting is very essential in the definition and the understanding of a fiction.
As the short story "Greasy Lake" begins by T. Coraghessan Boyle begins, the narrator gives the description of the three main characters that at this time in their lives are portraying an image of being bad. The narrator says, "We wore torn-up leather jackets, slouched around with toothpicks in our mouths, sniffed glue and what somebody claimed was cocaine."(648) From this quote the idealistic view is that these young men were low-life's. But after analyzing the text it is understood that the young men are on summer break, which is more than enough reason to believe they are in school and not as bad as they claim to be. The story then moves to its primary setting "Greasy Lake."
As the setting changes so des the nature of everything that is about to happen. They first come upon a car who inside they believe to be their friends', later finding out the person inside the car is a "Greasy" character instead, and whom they also try to murder. As if they weren't in enough trouble they try to rape the man's girlfriend. After being ran away by the "Greasy" man's friends the narrator finds a dead body in the lake. If the misfortune of the young men couldn't get any worse, the "Greasy" man and his friends wreck the car, a car that doesn't belong to any of the young men, but belongs to a parent. Isn't it eerie that all these "BAD" things are happening at "Greasy Lake"?
This setting has an unusual name which would make any reader feel eerie. In all, the setting makes the reader feel; as if the young men wouldn't have been at "Greasy... [continues]
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