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Madison Thompson
10/24 Discussion
Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:41pm
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For my Boyle paper, my thesis is: Boyle thinks when obsessions are taken to extremes, they can be damaging to a persons mental and physical health as well as their quality of life in general. He thinks greed is an evil desire that only leads to terrible things in the end. To prove my thesis, I used “Human Fly” and “On For The Long Haul.” I chose these two stories because Boyle used the same two themes throughout both stories. I felt like I could clearly explain the themes he used, greed and obsession, and how he felt about each theme. To support my thesis, I used two or three examples from each story. For “Human Fly” when talking about obsession, I used the example of how Zoltan was willing to do anything he physical could to become famous and well known to the public. He was willing to risk his life in every stunt he performed because of how badly he wanted fame. To show greed, I used the example of how Sol and the agent did not care about Zoltan’s well being they just wanted to make money off of him. They were continually pushing him to perform more dangerous stunts and sign contracts they would receive money from if Zoltan died or lived. In “On For The Long Haul” to show obsession, I used the example of how Wemp was willing to get his appendix taken out and spend $500,000 to move to the middle of nowhere to escape an alleged war. I also proved his obsession by pointing out that he bought so many military guns to use incase of a war and he does not even know how to fire a gun or take the safety off. He was so afraid of something terrible happening he was willing to move his whole family to the middle of nowhere and spend so much money. To show greed, I used the example of Arkson and how he just wanted to make money he didn’t care about his clients and their well being, all he wanted was to sell the property and make money whether his clients were living or not at the end of the day.


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