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boyles stories theme
Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:42am
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In my opinion, I would say that the love stories in the book have proven a theme. They prove that people go completely out of their way just for "love". Most of the time, the people in the stories don't actually love each other, which shows how love is today. Considering there is a 60% divorce rate now, these stories show that people don't care about their significant other's personality or feelings as much as they care about their own. For one instance, in one of the stories, the guy only cared about the girls body and her looks. Once he found out how into being a vegetarian and how much she supported animal rights, he put that aside even though it was a big part of her. He dropped his job, telling his boss that he had cancer, just to spend more time with her, even though they had only known each other for not even a week. He honestly didn't know anything about her, and decided to leave with her. She had ditched him for some other guy, and he realized that he had wasted about two weeks of his life being completely used by her. People these days don't take the time to actually get to know someone before having sex, especially, and that also proves how people view "love" today. That story as well as the story about the squirrels have something in common, too. The woman loved her squirrels so much that she risked getting into trouble with the law, as well as damaging a rented truck to move the squirrels. I think it is odd that people can put so much of their time and love into things that really shouldn't matter in life. Just because a few squirrels are sick doesn't mean to drop your life and take risks to make them better. Humans are far more important than a few squirrels, and having a record is not worth saving a couple. In my opinion, I think the author comes up with some really strange stories, but he is trying to prove that we live in a strange world where feelings, love, etc. don't matter to people as much as they used to and should.

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