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Marra Ramminger
Literary Analysis Discussion
Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:52pm
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For my T.C. Boyle paper I have decided to write a compare and contrast paper. I chose this because the two stories that stood out to me most were very closely related with a few small differences. As the professor stated in class, a compare and contrast paper should use two stories that are extremely similar with a few small contrasting points. The characters in the two stories I have chosen are similar and there are many plot/theme similarities as well. I chose the stories I chose because I had the biggest reaction to these stories. Many of the other stories were boring or less relatable for me so I thought that it would be best to write my paper about the stories that I had the most to say about.
I am writing my paper on the stories Modern Love and Carnal Knowledge. I picked these stories based on their similarities and my interest in the stories themselves. Modern Love is a story that has a man desperate for “love” and an attractive woman with “hang-ups” where the man ends up losing the woman. Carnal Knowledge is a story with a man desperate for “love” and yet another attractive woman with baggage. Both stories have similar characters but there are a few differences. These stories give us a clear picture of Boyle’s view on relationships in this day and age.
I believe that these stories show us that Boyle believes modern relationships are a game where a man finds an attractive woman and goes along with whatever she may say so that he is able to be with her no matter how CRAZY what she says/does may be. The characters in the story embody this thought in the sense that both men are desperate for affection so they go along with the things that these crazy women are doing. In Modern Love the man meets her doctor, wears a FULL body condom, and listens to her rant about foreign diseases just so he can “hit that”. In Carnal Knowledge the man is trampled by turkeys while protesting, beaten up by a MMA body guard and stops eating meat so that he can be with the woman. BOTH men end up not being good enough for these crazy women.
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  • 2/27 Discussion - Andy Bates, Wed Feb 25 9:11am
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    • 2/27 Discussion - Grant Bronson, Fri Feb 27 3:23pm
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    • 2/27 Discussion - Bailey Johnson, Fri Feb 27 2:40pm
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    • Literary Analysis Discussion - Marra Ramminger, Fri Feb 27 1:52pm
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    • Discussion #5 - Erica Bonner, Fri Feb 27 9:05am
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