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Alli Bruce
10/24 Discussion
Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:30pm
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My thesis for the literary analysis paper is: “In the T.C. Boyle stories “Little Fur People” and “On for the Long Haul”, Boyle uses the main characters to show how obsession can detrimental to not only your own health, but also the health of your loved ones.” I think all the stories show some kind of obsession in one way or another. But I picked “Little Fur People” and “On for the Long Haul” because I feel the best demonstrate Boyle’s ideas about having an obsession.
Grace’s obsession with her squirrels has ruined her life, and has also ruined her relationship with her daughter, Jet. When she finds out that they’re planning on taking her squirrels, all she cares about is finding a way to keep them. She doesn’t care what Jet or her boyfriend, Vincent are doing, she just wants to hide them. She even convinces Jet to keep her three favorite squirrels in her apartment. In the end of the story, she is devastated that her plans don’t work out, so instead of trying to assist Vincent and Jet with taking care of the accident, she goes and hides.
In “On the Long Haul”, Wemp’s obsession stems from reading a pamphlet written by Sam Arkson. After reading it, he realizes that the apocalypse is right around the corner, and he must do everything in his power to protect his family. Wemp is a good father, trying to take care of his family, but he goes a little overboard. He spends almost half a million dollars, and ends up only getting a 4 room house, with some supplies and lots of different weaponry. Although he is trying to protect his family, he doesn’t take proper precautions to truly protect them. He doesn’t learn how to shoot a gun, and does things like go to the store every 3 or so days. If he really wanted to protect his family, he needed to learn how to protect them, not hide from everything. If the apocalypse were to happen, Wemp and his family would be helpless. Wemp has the right idea about staying safe, but his obsession becomes so out of hand, he tries to buy safety, instead of learning how to protect himself and his family.
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