Greasy Lake Please read Boyle’s, “Greasy Lake” in text (chapter 14–p 425) if you cannot access CENGAGE simply Google “Greasy Lake” pdf. The author is T.C. Boyle or Google “Greasy Lake” Instructions: Pre-Write: At the core of this week’s assigned reading “Greasy Lake” is an exploration of the theme Loss of Innocence. In two solid paragraphs (or less)define “loss of innocence” You may offer a lexical definition or try to define by example. SETTING: Using textual warrants (direct quotes from the story) try to pinpoint a when (@ year) and where (place) of this story–be careful to consider ALL the evidence offered. Characterization: Focus on the 3 principle characters (the narrator, Digby and Jeff) and trace the metamorphosis of character in this story. How did they see themselves at the beginning? How were they changed at the end? Make sure to support your answer with relevant warrants. Plot: Boyle has gone on record saying that he structured this story to reflect a Judaeo/Christian Rite of Passage. Please identify which you believe it is (Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, Marriage or Death Rite)–offer evidence to support your analysis. Theme: As mentioned earlier, one of the primary themes in this story is loss of innocence. What is Boyle’s perspective on this theme. You may approach this by trying to complete the following sentence: For T C Boyle loss of innocence is a __________________ process. Support your answer.

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