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Lauren Smith
10/17 Discussion
Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:20am
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Between the options of theme or compare and contrast in the Boyle paper I have chosen to do theme. I have chosen to do theme because I find analyzing theme is much more interesting to me the doing a compare and contrast paper. The stories that I have chosen to analysis is On for the Long Haul and Little Fur People. I chose these stories because I found them the most interesting out of all the stories we have read so far. I also found them extremely unique to any of the stories I have ever read in my whole entire life. I have never read a story about a man who spends his timekeeping himself safe and his family and just end up dying at the end. Same with a story like Little Fur People where the character is obsessed with taking care of fuzzy squirrels. Even though these stories are very different, they both contain the same theme but show these themes in different and unique ways. I have chosen to focus on how Boyle sees obsession and how it can take over your life and maybe even kill you. I chose to focus on obsession because I found this theme to be very interesting and unique. I liked how Boyle demonstrated these themes to get his point across in such different and unique ways. He showed the theme on how Grace loved her little fur people so much that she was obsessed which resulted in having a bad relationship with her daughter. Grace was so wrapped up in her squirrels she didnít even recognized that Officer Kraybill was tricking her into showing him her squirrels which resulted into her losing her babies. I think if the story kept going Grace would have died from misery from losing all her squirrels. Boyle should write a sequel. In On for the Long Haul Boyle showed the theme obsession by the character Wemp being obsessed with staying safe. At the end he ends up moving his family in the middle of nowhere and dying because of his obsession. It is pretty sad how obsession can run your life which Boyle shows in these stories.
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