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Greasy Lake T Coraghesan Boyles short story Greasy Lake uses a physical landmark to represent the moral and physical condition of the characters as well as that of the society they inhibit Boyle uses the setting to give the reader a feel for the characters lives By comprehending how the lake is described one can understand the moral and physical condition of the characters without even reading of the events that took place at the lake Boyle describes the physical condition of Greasy Lake by saying The Indians had called it Wakan a reference to the clarity of its waters Now it was fetid and murky the mud banks glittering with broken glass and strewn with beer cans and the charred remains of bonfires There was a single ravaged island a hundred yards from shore so stripped of vegetation it looked as if the air force had strafed it Par 2 The lake was once a pure and beautiful body of water that was a source of life for many species After many years of use and abuse by man its beauty and virginity was molested and tainted by our selfish and devil inspired ways This is the same way some young children grow-up to be bad characters like the ones in this story As a child we are oblivious to the world around us and all the corruption and sin that is going on Then as we grow older and enter elementary junior high high school and college we are exposed to others ways that we didnt necessarily see growing up in the shelter of our homes Sometimes these ways change a person in a negative way The characters in the story werent always bad people because in the end of the story they are scared to go home to face their parents Apparently they had some sort of good upbringing or they wouldnt care about their parents because their parents wouldnt care
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