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Kacey Jarvis
10/17 Discussion
Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:16pm
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For the T.C. Boyle paper I have decided to choose the option of writing about theme instead of compare and contrast. I feel that I will be able to write an analysis better when it is about a recurring theme because I can write the paper with more of an approach and complexity. Also, I think that writing a theme paper would be easier for me than a compare and contrast. I have two different themes in mind. For my paper I think I am going to write about both themes. The themes that I am considering are obsession and greed. I chose obsession because it is easy to see that the author is trying to show that too much of something can kill you. For instance with the stories On For the Long Haul and The Human Fly, the characters obsessions of either being extremely safe or doing extremely dangerous stunts led them to their deaths. In On for the Long Haul, Bayard wanted to keep his family safe by moving to secluded Montana when staying in California would have kept his family safer. In the Human Fly, Zoltan wanted to do dangerous stunts to become famous which in turn killed him. I also chose greed because the author shows us that people who are really greedy do not care about anyone but themselves and only about the amount of money that they are receiving. The human flyís agent didnít care about the fact that Zoltan was doing stunts that could ultimately kill him. In Human Fly, Zoltanís agent kept pushing him even when he looked worn down and weak to make money off of his fame. The agent took advantage of Zoltanís obsession of wanting to be famous. Also, Bayardís real estate agent Arkson only became Bayardís ďpalĒ just to get as much money out of him as he could. Bayard paid a half a million dollars to be ďsafeĒ but in reality Arkson would provide anything to anyone in order to get more money. Arkson didnít even recognize Bayard when Bayard said hi to him in town. Arkson also made psychopathic Cullum, Bayard and his familyís neighbor, even after Arkson heard Cullum say he was going to kill Bayard and witnessed Cullum kicking Bayardís daughter in the stomach.

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