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Lauren Smith
10/24 Discussion
Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:13pm
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My thesis for the Boyle paper is that T. C. Boyle shows his opinion of obsession in many ways different stores and ways of how it can ultimately destroy your life and take over your mind. The stories that I feel have supported my thesis statement is the little fur people and On for the Long Haul. Little Fur People the main character, Grace, is a crazy squirrel lady because she is obsessed with squirrels they are like her babies. Even though Grace does have a daughter of her own, her obsession with her little furry squirrels have ruined that relationship with the only daughter Grace has ever had. In the story we know that she is a widow so maybe if her husband was still a live he might would have left her because of her crazy obsession. After putting all her time and effort on these squirrels her obsession ultimialty got taken away by Officer Kraybill. In the story On For the Long Haul the main character, Bayard, is obsessed with keeping him and his family safe from danger. After putting a lot of time and money to keep his family safe he moves them out in the middle of nowhere. Bayard does this because he is hoping that this way there will be no contact with anyone and he will be completely safe in a little cabin in the middle of the woods. Luckily, for Bayard is agent moved another man beside him who is crazier than Bayard is about staying safe and alive. Ultimately Bayard’s obsession lead to his death. I love these stories because they do prove my thesis and the prove Boyles points on how obsession is not good to have. Obsession can make you lose your relationships with part of your family and friends. Or obsession can even be so bad that it can lead to your death. I think Grace in Little Fur People is a great example on how obsession can run your life and van ruin your relationships and Bayard On For the Long Haul shows also how obsession can run your life and that it can lead to your death.
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