Greasy Lake-Character Analysis

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Michelle Miller
January 30, 2009
R. Witek
EH 131
A Want to be Bad Character

Through reading “Greasy Lake” by T. Coraghessan Boyle it is easy to conclude that all three characters (Jeff, Digby, and the narrator) think they are bad, by what was mentioned in the beginning of the short story by the narrator saying “We were bad (Boyle 1).” Bad according to Webster dictionary can be define as having a wicked or evil character (Bad). With this definition in mind, it does not really describe any one character in “Greasy Lake.” Digby and his cohorts all think they are bad by the narrators description of the whole group by saying “We wore torn-up leather jackets… and drank gin and grape juice, Tango, Thunderbird, and Bali Hai (Boyle 1).” The scene also plays into the fact that they think they are bad because they are going to Greasy Lake, which is a know place where mysterious people hang out, drink, have sex and do drugs. Also the fact that it was night outside adds to the idea that all three of the characters think that have a bad boy mortality. Digdy plays a want to be a bad person, but as it was mentioned earlier in the definition of bad; Digdy does not have the classification of a bad person. Throughout the short story he is just acting in a juvenile manner, this is shown when he blows on the car horn and laughs about it and he also a gold star earring which adds to his want to be bad character. Digdy just wants to have a badass attitude, but does not have the mental ability that goes along with the whole character thing. In the beginning of “Greasy Lake” the narrator talks about the drinks that they all drank, which as it was discussed in class that these are drinks are not really strong, but beginner drinks. If Digdy was truly a hard-core person he would more than likely be drinking stronger drinks. This is where Digdy and his friends start to lose the bad character vive and the story has pretty much just begun. The plot in “Greasy Lake” grows stronger when...
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