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Ethan Diffenbaugh
2/27 Discussion
Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:49pm
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Out of the two options for writing the Boyle paper the one that I plan to choose is the theme paper. Through the stories we have read so far it seems easier to pick out a recurring theme than to spot out similarities and differences between stories. In the stories there has been multiple themes that involve greed and obsessions which make it easier to write about. Though that would also work for the comparison paper, I find that it would be harder to find comparisons and contrasts that would be appropriate and fit in with the paper. From the class discussion today it seemed like the theme paper would be the easier pick as well as easier to explain through the stories. The two stories that as of the moment I would like to use is most likely “The Human Fly” and “On for the Long Haul”. These two stories are very relatable when it comes to the themes. They both are about people who come to an agent because they need or want something that they have to offer. As the stories go along you begin to notice how both protagonists are obsessed with what they came to the agents for. Bayard Wemp was a wealthy man who became obsessed about getting away from all the dangers in L.A. while in the other story Zoltan became obsessed with trying to become famous no matter even if it led to his death. With these circumstances for the protagonists it does not help that the agents are just conceited and greedy and just care for the money. In both stories the protagonists had ended up dying because the agents were just too selfish to care for their clients and only cared for the money that they would be making. What I think that Boyle is telling us about his opinion from these stories are the greed and obsession are never a good combination. Whenever obsession and greed are put together the results only can lead to tragedy, disaster, and in the cases of his stories death. That is what I believe Boyle has created his opinion to be without saying it.

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