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Nicole Brown
Online Discussion 10/21
Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:58pm
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For the Boyle paper I have decided to compare and contrast two of the stories in the book. I decided to use “The Human Fly” and “In for the Long Haul” to compare and contrast in my paper. I decided to use these two stories because in looking through all of the stories again, I found these two were oddly similar in a way I hadn’t noticed before starting to write my paper. I found it very interesting that these two stories were about topics so extremely different, but yet they were so similar. So I decided to use them in my Boyle paper.
I plan to write about many different things in my paper. I am comparing the agent-client relationship that each story has. I am also comparing how in both stories the agent takes advantage of his client, and aids in part in their death. I am also going to discuss how in “In for the Long Haul,” Wemp’s paranoia got him killed, and in “The Human Fly” Zoltan’s obsession with fame got him killed. I am also going to compare how in “In for the Long Haul” and “The Human Fly” the agents do not seem to have any remorse or conscience for what they are doing to their clients. They take advantage of them without second thought. In “The Human Fly” the agent does think about how what he is doing is wrong, but he does not stop whatsoever, he just keeps pushing Zoltan further. I am going to contrast the main problem at hand for both main characters, which is obsession with fame for Zoltan, and paranoia for Wemp. These are the two things that get them into the mess they end up in by the end of both stories.
I am concluding that the author is saying that human obsession, and paranoia is very unhealthy. He shows the audience how the outcome can be deadly when you let your issues get this bad. In both stories the main characters are taken advantage of and used to make a profit. Their agents feed into their problems and add gas to the fire, only heightening their paranoia and obsession.

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