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Samantha MIller
Disscussion
Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:47am
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Out of all the TC Boyle stories I preferred the story Top of the Food Chain over all others. It demonstrated how changing one seemingly insignificant factor in an ecosystem can cause havoc throughout that ecosystem. By removing the mosquitos with the pesticide the wasps where also an unexpected tragedy, these wasps kept the caterpillar population in check, and the caterpillars flourished and ate the homes of the villagers. Then the flies; when the flies died the lizards became morbidly obese which allowed the cats to have their fill. Unfortunately, the concentration of chemicals that killed the lizards also killed the cats, which causes a rat plague. Even the importing of new cats did not solve the problem on the account of that the people ate them out of starvation. In the end the whole fiasco is chalked up a failure where there was no ways to possibly predict such outcomes. Which makes it outrageously funny; it is humorous to me because these effects are why the USA banned DDT and other chemicals in the first place. In addition, if the narrator had only read The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly it would have been obvious that such effects from such actions are obvious and predictable.
The story I most disliked out of all the TC Boyle epics we have read was Heart of a Champion. I disliked the tarnishing of a childhood icon and the satire of an inspiring story. I also greatly disapproved of how the story and its meaning are completely changed by one innuendo. If one overlooked or did not catch this tiny blurb of the story one is lost in the story and loses much of its meaning.
These readings are of a different breed form the reading assignments of other English classes. In my previous classes we read nonfiction or folklore. It is very scarce that we read fiction and rarely is it so entertaining. Reading five different versions of Cinderella and writing about how they are different is highly unpleasant and monotonous. At least the Boyle stories have a twist in them and are usually somewhat entertaining.

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