Greasy Lake Character Analysis
The narrator of T.C. Boyle's "Greasy Lake" appears to be the ultimate rebel upon first glance. The unnamed main character goes out of his way to appear "bad" to his friends and anyone around him. The narrator explains that he wore leather jackets, drove his parents' station wagon and drank gin and grape juice to produce the effect of being intimidating and cool to others. By the end of the story when the narrator has the chance to continue his false image of being a badass, he decides to take another route. I wanted to write about the narrator about Greasy Lake because I found him to be really pretentious and agravating. His character is shown when he says: "We were bad. We read Andre Gide and struck elaborate poses to show that we didn't give a shit about anything." This quote is also significant because it sums up his actions by pretending to be bad to the point of having to be elaborate in getting the message across. The narrator is round because he does all these different things to appear rebellious, like sniffing glue and "...what somebody claimed was cocaine." I would also say that he is dynamic because he changes at the end of the story. The first sign of the narrator's change appears when he discovers the body in the lake. Before this happened he and his friends were flashing the lights of their car at another car, then they get in a fight with a "...very bad greasy character" and then they try to rape a girl. When the narrator swam through the Greasy Lake to get away he found a dead body,Al, and from then on the narrator begins to stray from putting on a show of being "bad." All he wants to do is get back to the car and leave Greasy Lake; he doesn't try to start everything up again or do something worse than before. When the narrator and his friends regroup they don't express any signs of being proud of what they had done. When the narrator finds the keys in the grass he describes them as...
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