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T Coraghessan Boyles Greasy Lake and Big Game are similarly structured but completely different short stories that explain the transitions of people from fake slaves of their image to genuine and realized individuals If not portrayed in the stories the development in the characters certainly escapes into the readers imagination and almost magically makes them the learned The plot of the two stories is one of the strongest lines connecting them together by way of foundation but at the same time it establishes completely different story lines that follow the same beat Boyles evolution from Greasy Lake to Big Game has also provided for a progression in his style Evident from the two stories is the contrasted amounts of detail and abstract detail In some sense Boyle has mellowed over the two stories by leaving out many of the twists and turns of Greasy Lake in Big Game but in the same sense has become more exciting with more violence and action The plots in the two stories are similar in structure and pattern of action They both include violence and regretful lessons learned the hard way and seam to involve similar events and characters A definite change in Boyles plot over the course of the two stories however is the loss in significance and importance of the plot and the take over by setting and character instead A well-defined thread connecting the two stories are the plot similarities In both stories the characters attempt to be what they are not The plot revolves around this central theme and shows them doing things they arent fit to do Whether it is shooting a lion or fighting a tough guy the series of characters do several things in the course of the plot that define their respective stories Also similar is the type of people the stories focus on In both the characters were upper-middle-class people whom the plots revert to their natural selves
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