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John Oliver
2/27 Discussion
Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:48pm
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For my Boyle assignment I chose to write a compare and contrast paper for the stories “Carnal Knowledge” and “Modern Love”. These stories contain similar characteristics, such as the narrator trying to find love with a woman. Both narrators are men in their thirties, and feeling unsatisfied with their life. However, these women have some serious baggage that would make anyone else run away. In “Modern Love”, Breda is deathly afraid of germs of all variety and refuses to have any physical contact. Even when the narrator and she attempt to have sex, she makes him wear a full body condom. Then she makes him receive a full physical examination so they can continue their relationship. Even after all this the narrator tells himself that this is for love. Throughout the story, Breda says occasionally that she thinks she loves him, but the narrator ignores those remarks and continues convincing himself. In the end, when the results come back, the narrator is left by himself. In “Carnal Knowledge”, Alena is an eco-terrorist vegan who is determined to help animals. The narrator gives up meat and tells himself that he is doing this for love. She and the narrator go protesting against using animal furs. The narrator goes along with it and ends up being knocked out by a chauffeur. She comes up with a plan to free turkeys from a turkey farm. He still tells himself that all this is justifiable and goes along with it. She doesn't have an idea what to do with the turkeys after they are free so they end up smashed against the road after being hit by a truck. In the end he is alone and back at square one. These guys would go through anything to get sex. Both Jim and the narrator from “Modern Love” convince themselves what they are doing is worth it because they are having sex, but Boyle makes a point to show that what they are doing isn't love. Both narrators are desperate and have nothing in their lives so they go along with some crazy women’s lifestyle so they can say that they are actually in “love”.

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