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It is our human spirit that separates us from animals Because animals lack a spirit of their own they have no conscience to guide them with the inner sense of right and wrong TC Boyles Carnal Knowledge portrays two people Jim and Alena who live as if they lack a human spirit Like animals they act as they please satisfying their own wants with no sense of morality From Jims lies of being a vegan to Alenas hatred towards mankind we see an underlying theme This theme is that a human being without spiritual depth and moral reasoning becomes just meat Being the first-person narrator Jim tells the reader about himself and eventually exposes what an animal he is I saw those ads in the magazines the ones that showed the veal calves penned up in their own waste their limbs atrophied and their veins so pumped full of antibiotics they couldnt control their bowels but when I took a date to Anna Marias I could never resist the veal scallopini Meyer 242 Even in his introductory words Jim expresses his numb feelings towards tortured animals From the way he describes the sad life forced upon the veal calves to the way he talks about his love to feast upon this same breed it becomes clear that Jim has neither shame nor organic unity He acts according to what he wants knowing full well that he pleasures upon the suffering of others Later when he is in conversation with his lust interest Alena he tries and finally succeeds in making her think that he identifies with her and how she feels about the cruelty done towards animals In response to her comment about how every day is Auschwitz for the animals he tells the reader I looked down into the amber aperture of my beer bottle and nodded my head sadlyI wondered if shes go out to dinner with me and what she
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