Greasy Lake Analysis

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Greasy Lake Analysis

How does the narrator change throughout "Greasy Lake"?

From the beginning of the story, the narrator (who is the main character) gives us a glimpse of what he was like during that night. In the first paragraph, the narrator indicates that the he is someone bad, a bad ass. This can be seen from quotes such as "We were dangerous characters then…we were bad". He also shows how bad he is in terms of appearance, "we wore torn up leather jackets, slouched around with toothpicks in our mouths". The narrator and his gang, Dig by and Jeff, did anything they could to get themselves high, from sniffing glue to "what somebody claimed was cocaine". He then describes his adolescence or pre-adulthood as merely "a time when courtesy and winning ways went out of style" and that "…it was good to be bad", like giving an excuse for his own wrongs.

Later on the night him and his gang go up to Greasy Lake as usual, originally called Waken by the Indians, which is "clarity of its waters". However, most probably the doing of the narrator, the lake had become "fetid and murky…glittering with broken glass and strewn with beer cans and the charred remains of bonfires". When they drove up to the lake, on the way they saw a metallic blue '57 Chevy, which they mistaken as Tony Lovett's, but in fact the car of a "bad greasy character…a man of action". This led to violent subsequent events later on in the story, as the narrator get's chased and beaten up, and during these events, the narrator realizes he was indeed a bad kid, but learns through the tough way that there are even worse people in this world.

We can see that the...