Making Decisions is a Big Part of Life
In life we are challenged daily in making the right or wrong decision. In order to do what is right it takes a strong will person who is a leader and not a follower of the masses. The authors T. Coraghessan Boyle and William Faulkner in the short stories “Greasy Lake” and “Barn Burning”, portrayed how individuals can be leaders and ultimate make good decisions against all odds. So what character traits help these young men to eventually become good decisions makers?
In the short story “Greasy Lake” the young men were peer pressured into being someone that they thought was cool. These boys represented the average teenage boy trying to figure out who they are and what they want to be. During the boys century it was cool to be the bad guy that smokes and drinks. The author states in the short story that “There was a time when courtesy and winning ways went out of style, when it was good to be bad, when you cultivated decadence like a taste (Faulkner).” The boys believed if they were the “bad boys” that girls would like them. However, the protagonist were portrayed as being raised in a middle class home with parents trying to raise their children the proper way. This short story more so about how a group of young men try to against what they have been initial taught by their parents.
The three boys encountered a ton of situations that they put themselves in. For example, the practical joke, the wrong car, wrong girl, another car/body, a wrecked car, and everyone leaves. People will say that bad things happen to bad people; however, bad things happen to everyone. Usually when you make a mistake you learn from your mistake. On the other hand, the boys kept making the same stupid mistake over a...
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...right way. Even though, Sarty could possibly lose his family. He wants to teach his father a lesson. He didn’t choose this decision out of hatred in chose it for the love of his family. Unlike the boys in “Greasy Lake”, Sarty wasn’t old enough to make decision but he was very mature for a kid is age to know right from wrong. Sarty gained the same traits the three young boys from “Greasy Lake” gained also.
These two short stories portrays that it is hard to make the right decision. The difficulty in making a decision is to insure that it doesn’t negatively impact your future. Also, your decision can effected the people that matter the most to you. All of these protagonist, portrayed the proper leadership skills to overcome their trials and tribulations. These short stories could have a positive effect on someone that feels like they are lost, confused, and young.