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The short story Carnal Knowledge by T Coraghessan Boyle is the story of one mans inner conflict between his lust for a beautiful activist and his own convictions Despite his lack of interest in Animal Rights issues he finds himself embroiled in a steadily escalating fight for its cause This struggle exists not because of any moral obligations however but to win the respect of his dear Alena who personifies the saying Love me love my cause Because of the internal clash of interest the story absolutely drips with irony It is this irony that draws me to the story Through this ironic conflict the author defines the main character moves the plot through its most significant actions and develops the theme of the danger present in trying to share others ideals in order to gain acceptanceThe main character Jim makes his opinion on the issue of Animal Rights known very early on Beef mutton pork venison dripping burgers and greasy ribs - it was all the same to me food the bodys fuel something to savor a moment on the tongue before the digestive tract went to work on it 242However he is willing to hide his convictions for the sake of a beautiful girl he meets on the beach ironically while being pissed on by her dog His immediate thoughts of aggression towards the dog melt away as he glances at its ownerI was on my feet now murderous glad to see that the thing was hobbled - it would simplify the task of running it down and beating it to death 243Alenas appearance stupefies him and he is easily taken in by her easy grace I was a little disconcerted at this point - I was the one whod been pissed on after all - but my anger was gone 243In this encounter we begin to see the truly transient nature of Jims emotions This speaks volumes about the type of person
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