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Janice Stroud
10/24 Online Discussion
Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:14pm

For my T.C. Boyle paper, I chose my thesis to be “T.C. Boyle feels strongly about the roles animals play in the environment. The way be portrays the characters in the stories I chose tell me he feels that animals are just as important to the environment as people are”. The two stories I chose to back up my thesis are “Big Game” and “Little Fur People”.

The short story “Big Game” supports my thesis because T.C. Boyle portrays the characters from the story in a negative way when they want to kill animals for something as stupid as decorations. We know Boyle wants to portray the characters that way because he makes us feel good about the Benders dying horribly at the end of the story. Bessie Bee, the elephant, charges the characters that are killing the animals for decorations and basically tramples them to their death. The audience has a feeling of justice being served after Bessie Bee does that. That’s how we know Boyle feels animals are just as important as people in the environment.

The short story “Little Fur People” supports my thesis because Grace, the main character, is trying to help save the lives of squirrels. Although Grace is not the sanest person we know that she has a big heart because she helps nurses squirrels she finds back to health. We know the main character is taking it too far by housing thirty two squirrels. Officer Kraybill enters the story and causes some trouble for Grace and tells her, “These squirrels-and all wildlife—are the property of the State of California, and it is against the law to keep, traffic, in or domesticate them.” (Boyle 147). These means that she cannot keep them. Grace fires back quickly by saying, “But I can kill them though, can’t I? I can stalk them with a gun, innocent things that wouldn’t hurt a fly, isn’t that right?” (Boyle 147). Which is proving a point because in hunting season there is no bag limit on squirrels. The audience feels as if this wrong and that Grace should be able to save these little harmless animals.

Both of these storied prove that T.C. Boyle feels that animals are important to the environment. It also tells us that he believes that they deserve justice in some cases like in “Big Game” and sometimes they do not get it like in “Little Fur People”

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