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Brandon Goodwin
10/17 Discussion
Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:06pm
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Of the two options for the T.C. Boyles paper, I will more than likely write the theme paper because it seems like the easier of the two. I am not 100 percent sure of what theme I am going to use but I am kind of leaning towards the reoccurring theme of greed that Boyle depicts in multiple stories. I would probably use The Human Fly and On for The Long Haul because they both depict two types of agents that take advantage of people that have an obsession with a worldly item. The sad part is that both of the victims go to their agents in search of something to fill their obsession and the agents take advantage of each victim. The agents almost ďsmellĒ blood in the water because the victims are desperate to get their worldly desire of which they obsess so much over. The Human Fly and On for The Long Haul both share similarities in theme but the characters in each story are very different from each other. In The Human Fly, the main character was obsessed with becoming famous but also there was an underlying meaning of the desire of death. Boyle hints at this by showing that Zultan is not slowing down or stopping with the crazy stunts he is trying to complete. The agent is pushed by his boss to continue to make money even though the risk is higher with each stunt. The greed of the agent and his boss gets in the way of seeing what was really at stake, Zultanís life. In the story On for The Long Haul, Bernard is obsessed with preparing for the apocalypse. The real estate agent sees this and takes advantage of the Bernardís obsession. Little does Bernard know, the agent is greedy and does not give two shits about him and his family. In the end, Bernardís obsession eventually becomes his demise due to the fact that Culum kills him when they are neighbors. Greed and obsession are two reoccurring themes in both stories. They can be compared and contrasted but due to the fact that the theme is prevalent in both, a theme paper is more simple to write.


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