Road To Adulthood/ Greasy Lake
The Road to Adulthood
The road to adulthood is paved with a variety of childhood and adolescent experiences, some more painful than others. In Greasy Lake, T. Coraghessan Boyle uses the setting and the protagonist?s experience to teach us a very important lesson: those of us who do not learn and grow from our past mistakes are bound to repeat them, then never completely mature or realize our full potential. What starts out to be a harmless prank turns into a situation where they get in a fight, attempt to rape a girl, find a dead body and see first hand his mother?s station wagon being destroyed.
In the opening of the story, the main character and his friends, Digby and Jeff, are out looking for adolescent excitement, or any manner of trouble they are capable of getting themselves into. They decide to drive up to Greasy Lake, the local hangout. There they spot what they believe to be an acquaintance?s car. They blare their horn and flash their headlights in hopes of embarrassing their friend. To their surprise the car was not occupied by their friend, but rather, a bad greasy character, named Bobbie. Unable
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