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Aimee Callicutt
3/16 Discussion
Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:32pm
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Out of all of the T.C. Boyle stories that we have read in class so far, I would have to say that "Heart of A Champion" is my all time favorite thus far. I liked "Heart of A Champion" mainly because of the sarcastic manner in which T.C. Boyle conveys one of America's most beloved icons. Lassie is the epitome of the American dream along with Timmy, Lassie's owner, and Timmy's mother and father. The fact that all of them live in a relatively rural area surrounded by luscious fields and valleys that are teeming with trees and animals shows how American's at that time period pictured how an ideal life would be. In addition to the scenery emanating the American Dream, T.C. Boyle chooses to make fun of the entire idea, which I found quite unique. His satire was vague but just vague enough to the point that the message was not completely obscured. Focusing on the part where Timmy saw Lassie and the scraggly coyote had "relations" was done "tastefully" (for lack of a better word), meaning that T.C. Boyle did not blatantly exclaim "AND THEN LASSIE AND THE COYOTE HAD SEX." When Timmy confronted his father about the whole ordeal and his response is "The sky is blue, son," it brings a unique sense of humor to the story that an author with a dissimilar sense of humor would not think to add to the anecdote. The Boyle stories that we have read in the class are different from any other material I have read in previous English classes because in all of my other English classes, teachers were "afraid" to introduce the sardonic satire of T.C. Boyle. At my high school, the population was predominantly snobby, rich, white kids with little to no sense of humor, and the sense of humor that they did have was infantile. I am not sure if the teachers assumed that most students did not have the intellectual capacity to comprehend T.C. Boyle's satire, or they did not want to receive hate mail from parents concerned about naughty language in our class literature. Either way, I don't think that any of my previous English teachers had the kahones to let us interpret sardonic works at our own discretion. Then again, most students at my high school wouldn't have been mature enough to handle T.C. Boyle anyway.

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