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Tina Brown
10/12 Discussion
Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:55am
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I have noticed several reoccurring themes and similarities in the stories we have read thus far. In Big Game and Little Fur People, animal rights are discussed in a way that the animals gain justice at the end. The Big Game elephant, Betsy, kills her owner and the couple trying to kill her. The squirrels in Little Fur People are loaded on a truck to be taken to safety and were not given over to the police. In Modern Love and Carnal Knowledge, many sacrifices for “love” are described. Both men in the story do various unthinkable and random things to try and impress their woman. The narrator from Modern Love wears a full-body condom and receives a complete physical, which he fails. Jim, from Carnal Knowledge, protests with Eco-terrorists to “save” animals, he becomes vegan when in reality he loves meat, and he risks his life trying to release turkeys from a farm. In The Human Fly, a shabby anorexic homeless man named Zolton loses his life in the journey to gain fame. He lived in a hammock hanging on the side of a skyscraper for two weeks, he flew on the wing of a DC-10 airplane, he rode under an 18-wheeler for three days, and he attempted a motor cycle jump which failed and resulted in his death. In the story, On For the Long Haul, a family moves to a deserted area in Montana because they believe the world is going crazy and they need to be prepared for the coming world disasters. The family gives up everything just to discover that no place is actually safe.

Boyles uses his stories to reflect his beliefs. He even uses many of his stories to relay the same idea or message. I have noticed throughout a few of these stories that Boyles does not like agents. In On For the Long Haul and The Human Fly, he makes these characters seem self-centered, uncaring, and only concerned with making money. Boyles portrays that love and fame are overrated, they have no logical purpose, and that they can lead to destruction. I noticed these themes in Carnal Knowledge, Modern Love, and The Human Fly. One of the other themes I have noticed is that Boyles seems to care about animal rights. He does not take those rights extremely serious like Alena from Carnal Knowledge but he does become amused when animals prevail over humans. Boyle also shows the readers that people take a lot of risk and negative consequences often come from those risks.

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