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Writer discussed: T.C. Boyle’s “Greasy Lake”
“Greasy Lake" is a well-written short story that traces the eventsleading up to the young men’s revelatory moment. An article written byMichael Walker, found in Studies in Short Fiction, supports thisproposal, “‘Greasy Lake’ is an excellent example of a story thatincludes many conventions of the revelatory tale" (248). This coming ofage story can easily be applied to similar stories of young men allover the world as a well-remembered turning point on the road tomaturity. For the characters of this story, one mistake followsanother, revealing potential and actual consequences leading up totheir revelatory moment.
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In every young man’s life a pointexists where he moves from the fantasy of invincibility to therealization of mortality. For some, it is a gradual move with nodefined moment of enlightenment, but rather a series of progressivesteps. For others, there is an epiphany, surrounded by a tragic or neartragic event that provokes a transformation. Either way, the inevitabletransformation exists. The short story “Greasy Lake" by ThomasCoraghessan Boyle reveals a moment of enlightened transformation inthree young men as they go through a series of mistakes, consequences,and reaffirmation.