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matt ward
Re: 10/24 Discussion
Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:41pm

The thesis I decided to use for my paper is “T.C. Boyle feels strongly about how greed and obsession are negative and are killers, he shows this in both On For the long haul and the human fly by eventually killing the main character.
In The human fly, the main character, Zoltan, is very obsessed with fame, he is willing to do anything to achieve fame and risk his life in multiple different situations. For example, when he straps himself at the top of a skyscraper just to get fame. He goes as far as getting an agent to organize stunts for him to do. At first the agent was very reluctant to do this, but then the greed set in and he agrees to do it because of the opportunities to make a lot of money. T.C. Boyle is showing the greed by presenting the agent and showing how he doesn’t care about the life of Zoltan at all just the money that could possibly be made. This stories theme is very similar to the theme of on for the long haul. Bayard wemp is very obsessive in the story on for the long haul, he is willing to spend 500,000$ to buy a very small house and only 37 acres to make a place he can survive at. This is very similar to the story of the human fly because he is obsessed with safety and is willing to do anything to achieve that. Also he uses and agent, which T.C. Boyle shows the theme of greed and he is only interested in making money. Again at the end of the story wemp gets killed because of his obsession he ends up living next to a crazy guy who ends up killing him. It is easy to tell what Boyle thinks about obsession and greed by the events in these two short stories. He ends up showing that both of these things are killers by killing the main two characters at the ends of the stories. Zoltan and Wemp have a lot of similarities and differences like obsession.

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