So you think you’re bad?
There comes a time when being good became boring and when being bad and dangerous became socially accepted among teenagers. In the T. Coragnessa Boyle’ short story, “Greasy Lake” the three main characters: the narrator, Digby, and Jeff wants to be seen as bad “characters.” Just to be seen as a bad characters they “wore torn-up leather jackets, slouched around with a toothpicks in our mouth, sniffed glue and ether and what somebody claimed was cocaine.” For three days into the summer they have been partying as a bad character would until the moment they understood what bad character really looks like at the Greasy Lake. A lake once a called “Wakan” by the Indians because of clarity of its water and now “fetid and murky, the mud banks glittering with broken glass and strew with beer cans and the charred remains of bonfires.” The same place where “everybody went” to drink beer, smoke pot, watch girl take off her clothes and howl at the stars. On the third day of the summer after they went to all the bars and clubs they went to the Greasy Lake “looking for something [they] never found.” As they arrived at the Greasy Lake they saw a “’57 Chevy, mist, metallic blue” car parked on “far side of the lot.” As they got closer, they thought they identified “Tony Lovett’s” car but consequently they hit the parked car which belongs to the “bad greasy character.” As a result, a bad greasy character got out of the driver seat with attention to take an action for have been done to disturb him. The bad greasy character beat them until the narrator got out tire iron from under the driver’s seat, which he kept it there because bad characters always kept it there, came at him and hit him across the ears. As a result the bad greasy character collapsed. The narrator thought he killed the bad greasy character and as the bad greasy character’s girlfriend stormed out of the car and screaming “Animals” with “her fist clenched” in the distance attempting to hit...
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