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Mollie Dignan
10/17 discussion
Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:29pm
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I chose to write my paper on the theme between The Human Fly and On For the Long Haul. I believe that these two relate to each other because they both have characters that portray the theme of greed and obsession. I would rather do a theme paper on these two rather than a compare and contrast paper because the papers are not that similar when you look at the characters and the plot, but as a theme they are more similar. The characters that show obsession had the same outcome. Their obsessions ended up being their downfall and they killed them. There are a lot of quotes in each story that I can prove the theme and show why Boyle felt that way about the characterís obsession. Another theme that I could write about is the greed of the agents. Boyle makes these characters out to be bad people and he made the reader not like them by the way that they acted.
I also chose these stories because I liked reading them. I enjoyed talking about them in class and I didnít want to put them down. On For the Long Haul was interesting to me because Wemp just picked up everything and left. He ran away from the bad things that he thought were in this world like an apocalypse or disease, but he ended up running to the most dangerous people he could have. He also was not one hundred percent in. I had a feeling that his ambiguity would end up being his downfall. The difference between Cullum and Wemp was that Wemp was obsessed with the thought of being safe and away from everything dangerous, but he would never do anything possible to insure that. I liked the Human Fly also because the Human Fly was crazy. He was so obsessed with becoming famous that he would put his life on the line. Being famous was so important to him that he would rather die than be a nobody. I think that Zoltan was not actually interested in becoming famous but he wanted to die.
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