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Brandon Goodwin
10/24 Discussion
Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:38pm
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For my T.C. Boyles literary analysis paper, my thesis is based off of the stories “The Human Fly” and “On For The Long Haul”. These stories tell me that Boyle thinks obsession and greed are killers because he portrays in each story how they both kill the main character. In both stories, Boyle depicts agents that are greedy and use the obsession of the main characters in a twisted way so that they can make money. “On For The Long Haul” is a story in which Boyle depicts Bernard to be obsessed with preparing for the apocalypse. The agent that Boyle uses in the story detects that Bernard will pay his way to safety and takes advantage of this obsession that Bernard has. In “The Human Fly” the main character Zoltan has an obsession with becoming famous. He goes to an agent to seek out that fame by doing crazy stunts. The agent is hesitant at first to make a deal with Zoltan but after he sees the revenue made off of Zoltan, greed begins to set in. The stunts that Zoltan does become crazier and more life threatening with each one and the agent sees this as well. Zoltan’s agent is conflicted with himself due to the fact that his boss wants to make as much money as possible off of Zoltan but he himself is worried about Zoltan. In this story, Boyle shows that obsession is once again the downfall of the main character helped with greed by the agent as well. Seeing as how similar these two themes are in each story, a four-page theme paper should easily be attainable. Greed and obsession are prevalent throughout both of the stories and Boyle makes it clear of what his theme is in each story. Other themes are present in each story I am sure of, but obsession and greed are the two that stuck out to me the most from reading each. These stories tell me that Boyle finds greed to be prevalent in most agents and that they seek out those with an obsession to profit the most from.



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