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Brenleigh Gaines
T.C. Boyle Paper
Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:49pm
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For my T.C. Boyle paper I am going to write a theme paper. I think it would be significantly more interesting to write a paper exploring the way Boyle writes and his opinion on things than it would be to compare and contrast different stories. Right now I am planning to write my paper on Modern Love and Carnal Knowledge. I really like how Boyle considers them to be love stories but they are not what you would think they would or should be. In both Modern Love and Carnal Knowledge you have two men who only want one thing and play into their emotions to get it. Even though you know the men do not really care about the women you still find yourself siding against the women. In each story the man has to convince himself that being with the girl, even though she has many odd and border line insane quirk’s, is worth it since he gets to have sex with her later. For example, in Modern Love the man jumps through so many hoops like a full body condom and going through an intense exam at the doctor just to have sex with the girl. The only time he says a word about love is when he is about to lose her and no longer have her around for sex. I think Boyle uses his love stories to tell people what he really thinks about how guys are and how girls have been in his life. There has not been a girl in a love story that has been the one he considered normal. He also uses the girls in the stories to show his opinions on extremist. He paints the picture that they have no real reason to be the way they are and do more harm than they do good. In Carnal Knowledge the girl does multiple things to “help the animals” but only harms them. Her actions of destroying the files only makes the lab have to do more work and letting the turkeys go with no other plan ended in them all dying on a high way. I think that based on the stories about love Boyle believes that many people “love” out of convenience or for another purpose other than true love.

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    • 2/27 discussion - Julie Estep, Fri Feb 27 5:00pm
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