Greasy Lake. T. Coraghessan Boyle At night, we went up to Greasy Lake. Whatever it was we were looking for, we weren’t about to find it at Greasy Lake. Greasy Lake. T. Coraghessan Boyle. There was a time when courtesy and winning ways went out of style, when it was good to be bad, when you cultivated . Greasy Lake has 24 ratings and 2 reviews. Marc Gerstein said: Wow, this is one heck of a short the basic premise of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Of.

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The story of “Greasy Lake” sets itself up as a typical “rebel without a cause” short story. It has three rebellious teenagers looking for trouble on a summer eveningand finding it.

Boyle tells us, through the narrator, that it was a time when it was “good to be bad. The story shows the changing culture of the timesomething these young men desperately want to be a part of. Yet they also lack the ability to leave the comforts of their upper middle class lifestyle and suburbia life. In the story three young men in their late teens set out on a summer night to look for trouble. Digby, Jeff and the narrator all head out for the evening in the narrator’s mother’s Bel Air.

The young men end up at a local hang out spot past town known as Greasy Lake. They spot a car that they think is a friend’s car and decide to harass him. This ends up being a mistake though as the car contains a man out with his girl.

His anger at being harassed leads to a fight with the three of them. The narrator ends up hitting the man with a tire iron, knocking him out. At the time though, the three men don’t know whether he is hurt or dead.

As the young woman jumps out of the car to find out what is going on, the men begin attacking her in a ggreasy of primal rage. But before anything happens, they are interrupted by another car coming into the parking lot. Guiltythey all run to hide. As the narrator is waiting in the weeds and muck of the greasy water he comes across the bloated body of a corpse. Still waiting he hears the guy they beat up wake up and after trashing the car that the young men came to the lake in, all of the others leave while the three rebels without a cause are still hiding.

As they come out of hiding to survey the damage to the car and search for and find the dropped keys, y.coraghessan car pulls up to the lake. Two grrasy get out of the car and examine a motorcycle, the only other vehicle left. They indicate that the bike belongs to a guy named Al and the narrator realizes that must be the body that he ran into out in the lake. But he doesn’t say anything. The girls ask the young men if they want to party.

Even though this is what they originally set out to do, their rebellious spirit t.corayhessan gone. t.coraghesxan

They leave the lake in the beat up car as the narrator notes “I thought I was going to cry. The story of “Greasy Lake” breaks down the perception of what is cool and bad and shows the reality of the situation. Most likely set in the greeasy, these young men of privilege think about rebelling but are unwilling to give up the safety and security of their white, suburban life. Part of their perception of what was cool seems to have developed from movies and television. They develop affectations that they think they are supposed to have in order to be “bad.


Most likely taking place during Vietnam, these 19 year old’s t.coragjessan school counterparts are likely fighting in the war while the three young men’s money and privilege keep them safe from the draft.

Water in literature botle spirituality and transition. The fact that the lake is “greasy” and polluted represents the murkiness of the times and the elusive badness the three young men crave so much. As the narrator is t.coraghessah out in the water, near the bloated dead body of “Al,” he breaks down. He realizes that neither he nor Digby nor Jeff are truly geasy.

They don’t want to be. They want the image without all of the hardship. So the narrator, for one night, truly immerses himself into the perceived life of badness that he wants and the results are that he wants to go backback to the safety greaasy his home, his parents, his cushioned life. While there truly were people living that life of badness, he realizes the place of insecurity that leads them to that and the true dangers that culminate in the floating corpse of the dead motorcycle owner are not for him.

Greasy Lake & Other Stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle

The song includes the story boyl some people deciding to go up to greasy lake to have a good time. And some of them do have a good t.coraghsssan but others end up in the lake with just their socks and a shirt. Although Springsteen’s song looks at a fun and rebellious evening, the structure of the story can be matched to the lyrics. Boyle took the experience, though, and examined it from the other side and through the pain of darker memories and events.

A close reading of “Greasy Lake” reveals a struggling group of friends who are unsure about their identify or how they fit in to the changing society. Feeling guilt at their own lives of luxury. But a quick dip into that greasy lake of decadence shows that they are not prepared for the true realities of what it means to be bad. Boyle’s story is a complex character analysis with a deep message. Neither the water or the characters are clean but only one is truly polluted. Look at Greasy Lake t.coravhessan a story about perceived reality vs.

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So much depth, reality, and metaphor in such a short lakke. I also hadn’t recognized Springsteen’s song in correlation with this story. Wow, I only clicked on this one because it’s laks to one of my own Hubs but this story sounds interesting!

There are great resources out there to help you understand point of view. First person point of view means that one character is telling t.coraguessan story. Third person usually means that the story is not told through a narrator. Look for possessive words such as “I,” “We,” and “Us” to figure out if you have a narrator speaking.

For verb tense, look for the verbs and helping verbs in the sentences.

Greasy Lake

If the helping verbs say “am” then it is present tense. If the helping verbs are “was” or “were” then it is past tense. But kake could shift from past to present and back so watch for those moments.


Is the story being told as it happens or is it being told about something that happened in the past gressy the characters? Do verbs end in “ed” or is it a flashback and told in present tense. Isolating the verbs should give you your answer. There are boy,e great resources about point of view and verb tenses at sites like Purdue Online Writing Lab. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Water Water in literature represents spirituality and transition. Reality A close reading of “Greasy Lake” reveals a struggling group of friends who are unsure about their identify or how they fit in to the changing society. Test Your Knowledge of “Greasy Lake”. Questions must be on-topic, written with proper grammar usage, and understandable to a wide audience.

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