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Emily Alfano
Boyle
Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:24pm
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I have seen many consistencies and themes throughout the Boyle stories that I have read so far. First, the way women are portrayed has been pretty consistent. The female characters have all had some crazy obsession that makes them seem insane and incapable of holding a true romantic relationship. For example, one woman was so scared of germs and diseases that she insisted on having sex with full body condoms on. One woman had a weird obsession with her “baby” squirrels. Another was obsessed with saving animals and being a vegan. In the stories involving women, they all dumped the men they were with like it was no big deal. Boyle used their craziness as excuses for this. Another theme in the love stories is the men are desperate. They have all gotten with weird ladies, no matter the cost, because they needed someone so badly. Boyle makes men look desperate and women look crazy.
I think “Carnal Knowledge” and “Modern Love” share a lot of similarities. In both stories, the men have convinced themselves they love the female character, despite her crazy obsession. In Carnal Knowledge, the woman was the crazy-save-the-animals lady. In Modern Love, she was obsessed with diseases and going to the doctor and making sure she did not catch a single thing. Yes, the male character stayed with her even when she forced him to have sex with a full body condom. Both stories were kind of creepy and there was something “off” about them.
I can infer a lot about Boyle from the stories I’ve read so far. The author definitely does not think the world is ending anytime soon and probably thinks anyone who does, is an absolute moron. Also, I don’t think Boyle has had a lot of success with women. He thinks women are all crazy, obsessive, animals that aren’t trust worthy. In each story, the female has dumped the guy for no reason and says she wasn’t really attached. Boyle probably has had some bad relationships with weird women. Another inference I have made is that Boyle doesn’t like businessmen who are only out there to make some money. The agent character in The Human Fly is an example of this. Boyle shares a lot with the reader through his stories.

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    It is time to start thinking about your topics for the Boyle paper. What themes or consistencies have you noticed in the stories we've read so far? What stories do you think parallel and share... more
    • Boyle - Jessica Ellington, Fri Oct 12 4:58pm
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    • 10/12 Discussion - Joel Bendel, Fri Oct 12 4:42pm
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    • !0/12 Discussion - Nicholas Payne, Fri Oct 12 3:32pm
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    • Boyle - Emily Alfano, Fri Oct 12 3:24pm
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    • discussion 10/12 - Erin Kelly, Fri Oct 12 3:00pm
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    • Boyle Comparison - Jasmine Berryman, Fri Oct 12 2:48pm
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    • 10/12 Discussion - Allison Peek, Fri Oct 12 2:40pm
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    • Boyle Paper Response - Keleigh Britt, Fri Oct 12 2:35pm
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    • Boyle Inferences - Elyse, Fri Oct 12 2:07pm
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    • Boyle Stories - Rachel Blihar, Fri Oct 12 2:05pm
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    • 10/12 Response - Braxton Smallwood, Fri Oct 12 2:04pm
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    • Boyle Book - Cameron Gould, Fri Oct 12 2:01pm
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    • 10/12 disscusion - Aaron Covell , Fri Oct 12 12:44pm
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    • Response 10/15 - Haley Holland, Fri Oct 12 12:39pm
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    • 10/12 Discussion - Tina Brown, Fri Oct 12 11:55am
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    • 10/12 Discussion - Ashlyn Eure, Fri Oct 12 9:05am
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    • TC Boyles Paper - Eldon Green, Fri Oct 12 12:27am
      I think I am going to choose to use two stories from the love section because I have noticed a reoccurring theme in the love stories. In all of the love stories that we have read so far in English,... more
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