What is the theme of "Greasy Lake?"


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"Greasy Lake" has a number of themes, including the journey to the dark side, the thrill of adventure and masculine violence. The narrator of the story emerge from a long night having confronted the death that awaits wanton behavior, realizing he has control of his life via choices he makes.

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The narrator and his friends are first motivated by the desire to act bad, beyond their usual practical jokes. As the night goes on, they nearly kill a man and rape a woman, discovering a thin edge that separates a violent thrill from violence itself. The narrator eventually sees a corpse, facing his own mortality and his fate if he does not return to making better choices.

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