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Jeremy Knowles
Online Discussion 10/24
Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:04pm
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The theme I have chosen to focus on is passion. In “Little Fur People” and “Carnal Knowledge” Boyle gives us two extremes of passion and the outcomes of it. I have not really decided a thesis yet, but it will be on the lines of “People’s passion can easily be blinded by their stubbornness.” What I mean by that is people can take their passions too far which can result in them harming the very thing they are passionate about. I think Boyle believes passion is tied to people’s stubbornness and their impatience for change.
In “Carnal Knowledge” the character Alena is very passionate about animal rights and protecting the animals from things such as testing. She thinks she is being beneficial to the animals by spiking trees, burning scientific records of tests and releasing turkeys when really she was putting the animals in harm’s way. In “Little Fur People” on the other hand, we have the character Grace who is taking care of over twenty sick squirrels. Her intentions are good and she sacrifices her house to take care of the squirrels and will do anything to help them. When the police threaten to take her “babies” away Grace is adamant about keeping them. Her passion for protecting them and nursing them is very noble and Boyle wanted us to feel that about her, but when Grace forms a plan to hide the squirrels her passion turns into stubbornness. Her plan was to use her daughter’s boyfriend to have him carry all of the squirrels in the back of his truck. When he starts driving away he gets in a bad wreck and tells us that some of the squirrels were shaken around. If Grace would have just let the police set the squirrels free she could of still taken care of them, just not in her house. Instead of that simple solution, Grace wanted to keep them in her possession at all times which resulted in putting the squirrels in serious danger. She put them in more danger than if she would’ve released them like the police wanted.

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