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Taylor Pease
Discussion 10/24
Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:56am

My thesis for the Boyle paper is in T. C. Boyle’s short stories “On For the Long Haul” and “The Human Fly” the themes obsession and greed are significant because Boyle believes that they are unhealthy. I chose this thesis because I felt that throughout three different stories that we have read during class contained obsession or greed. The three stories that I felt proved this thesis are “Little Fur People”, “On For the Long Haul”, and “The Human Fly”. Although each of these stories contained obsession and greed, “On For the Long Haul” and “The Human Fly” were more convincing of my thesis, and they were also more similar. I decided not to chose “Little Fur People” because obsession and greed were not the most significant themes, animals and the environment were. I felt that “On For the Long Haul” proved my thesis because of the events in the story. The readers can tell from the beginning that Wemp is paranoid and has an obsession with safety. Wemp’s obsession makes his family move and change their entire lifestyle. Also, I felt that Wemp was over paranoid in the beginning of the story. In the beginning, he learns about a woman who died because she got sick and could not make it to the hospital. After he read this, Wemp was devoted to never letting this happen to himself or his family. Another reason I believed that this proved my thesis was that Wemp did what he could to satisfy his obsession, but he did not know he was hurting his family. When Wemp realized this, he tried to help his family become happy again, but it was too late, the damage was done. Also, greed was shown in this short story by Arkson, he would do whatever he could to ensure a sale. One day, Arkson met with Cullum to make a sale and Cullum ended up kicking Wemp’s child. Arkson did nothing about it, and still allowed him to move in. In “The Human Fly” Zoltan is obsessed with becoming famous. Zoltan performed three insane stunts and eventually dies because of the last one. This is how the readers can tell that Boyle believes obsession to be unhealthy. Additionally, the narrator and Sol are greedy because during Zoltan’s dangerous performances, they continue to let him get worse and still profit from him. Even after Zoltan passes away, they profit from him. This is my thesis and why I believe these two stories prove my thesis.
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