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Brooke Starace
Online Assignment 7
Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:51am
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Although we have been discussing the Boyle paper a lot in class, I have not yet decided what I am going to write about. I want to read a couple more of the Boyle stories before I start writing so I can have more options and get a better background on the Boyle book itself. After reading more stories I will have more details and ideas to form my paper and help me decide which themes to write about.
I am leaning more towards writing about a reoccurring theme rather than the compare and contrast paper, because I feel I would have more to feed off of with this topic. I like writing about similar themes in stories, because they give insight on how the author feels about certain situations, lifestyles, personalities, and so on. I feel writing about a reoccurring theme will be easy because Boyle has so many reoccurring themes in majority of his stories.
Two of the stories that I am currently thinking of writing about are “The Human Fly” and “On for the Long Haul”. If I were to choose these stories to write about, I would describe the similar themes of how both main characters have an obsession that ends up killing them. For example in the “The Human Fly”, one of the main characters, Zoltan, has an obsession with becoming famous. On the other hand in “On for the Long Haul”, one of the main characters, Bayard Wemp, is paranoid.
Through this theme, Boyle is saying that having an obsession that consumes your life is unhealthy. Obviously both of the main characters’ obsessions were unhealthy, because the obsessions killed both by the end of the two stories. I agree with this idea, because many people who have something that consumes their lives do not live healthy lives. An example of this idea is hoarders, or people who don’t like to sell, throw, or give anything away. These people end up losing their family, friends, and sometimes even their properties all because they are obsessed with keeping piles and piles of junk. This theme of unhealthy obsessions would be an interesting Boyle theme to write about, so I am excited to see how the paper turns out.

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