Greasy Lake Analysis

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“Greasy Lake” – Story Analysis
“Greasy Lake” was published in 1985 along with other stories from the author, T. Corahessan Boyle. The story is a gripping tale of three teen boys ‘living on the edge’, in which the author presents himself and his friends as a group of dangerous individuals. One would think that the narrator has truth in his words, but all events in the story point to the contrary. T. Corahessan Boyle, or T. C. Boyle for short, is an unreliable narrator. The truth of this story is not in the text, but in the underlying meanings and subliminal nuances. This hidden reality really helps the reader make a direct judgment of the characters. After reading between the lines, one quickly finds out who the characters are, but more
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The unknown aggressor starts to engage in hand-on-hand combat with the three. The narrator reminds us that Digby, a friend of the narrator’s, has just finished a course in martial arts (that his parents probably helped pay). Digby stands in position with wrists cocked and ankles bent in a ‘swan like’ stance ready for the assailant, but sadly for the young ninja, the narrator tells us, “The greasy character was not impressed. He merely backed off a step, his face like a Toltec mask, and laid Digby out with a single whistling roundhouse blow (Boyle 166) . . .” Tough guys do not get knocked out in one blow, they stand and fight.
When all hope for the young rebels seems to be lost, the narrator remembers an old tire iron he has hidden under his seat. He recalls the last time he was in a fight, which was too long ago to even matter. “I came at him and brought the tire iron down on his ear (Boyle 166).” Primal instinct kicked in and the greaser from the 57’ Chevy was out cold. It was far from a deserving victory as the one man put up a hell of a fight. The greaser nearly nailed a hat trick if it wasn’t for the narrator’s cheap knockout. In reality only cowards fight with metal pipes, real bad dudes fight with their fists.
Now if the unworthy victory was not enough for the pathetic trio, they proceeded to attack the greaser’s innocent girlfriend. Weak and helpless, no shoes or pants, they had her pinned against the car half naked. Just before a horrific
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