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The Greasers of Greasy Lake The modern world is much like T Coraghessan Boyles short story Greasy Lake In a society based on grunge teenagers make an attempt at a lifestyle pushing the limits of morality The setting takes place near a run down polluted lake where people go to party and hangout Identities are created and discovered The three greasy characters of this essay are of the average punk rock n rollers creating a theme of unforgettable revelation What was once sweet is only bittersweet in the end the James Dean aspect of life seemed better lived in the imagination rather than in real life As the title implies Greasy Lake is the place for actionof all sorts What was once a serene and beautiful lakeideal for meditationbecame run down with marijuana stubs beer cans and liquor bottles The only thing clean would be the heart of town which remains quiet and dead because the teens feel the outskirts are whats in The street lights gave way to the thin steaming illumination of the headlights with trees crowding the asphalt in a black unbroken wall Boyle 129 The run-down lake offers a place to hangout lacks the threat of parents and offers the opportunity to meet new faces and encounter new experiences Such a setting is also ironic for the lake holds a floating corpse the reminiscing of bad memories and emits an aura of violent anger Like Boyles relation to Springsteen its about a mile down the dark side of Route 88 Boyle 129 And the analogy is accurate The environment produces the rotten attitude of such youth Never learning from their experiences such young men desire the taste of rebellion but are uncertain with how to confront the scent and yet savor it With flesh looming before their eyes the boys have yet to realize that they have no life If the girls have
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