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Jenna Russo
10/17 Discussion
Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:48pm
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I had a hard time deciding between which choice to do for the T.C. Boyle paper but after writing a plan out for both choices, I decided to do the theme paper. At first I felt that the compare and contrast paper would be much easier, but I started writing my theme paper and my introduction sounded very good. I chose the two T.C. Boyle stories “Little Fur People” and “On For the Long Haul” for my theme paper. I chose to do these specific stories because I felt as if the theme wasn’t very hard to figure out and was quite easy to understand. After dissecting the stories and performing analysis, it was clear to establish the theme because by having all the information laid out, the meaning was then visible. I really understood the meanings behind each individual story and both stories also kept my interest throughout the whole course. After reading both stories and searching for the theme, I found that they had the same theme, but different story lines. The theme that exists in each story is about someone with some sort of unhealthy, extreme obsession. The author makes it clear that he feels as if obsession can make people crazy. Both of the main characters have good intentions and their hearts are in the right place, but in the long run it doesn’t end up in their favor. They think that they are doing the best thing for their family and squirrels, but both end up in the dumps. Their obsession gets worse as the story progresses. There are many things in both stories that show how crazy the obsession makes the man character and to what extent “crazy” really is. I’m excited for this paper because I never thought that I was good at literary analysis or dissecting a story and it’s theme. I really think that the notes you gave us in class about the three steps for writing this paper will really help us develop our paper. Hopefully the information given in class will help the whole class develop as writers. I’m excited for this paper also because I feel way more confident about my writing from what I’ve written so far.
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    Which option for the Boyle paper have you chosen (Theme or Compare/Contrast)? If theme, what theme have you chosen and why? What stories have you chosen for your paper and why?
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