In the fiction short story “Greasy Lake” author Bruce Springsteen writes about three young adults who think of themselves as tough characters only to have a run-in with actual bad people which put into perspective how they were merely acting like rebels and that they didn’t truly have it in them. There are many notions of epiphany and evolution in “Greasy Lake”. The protagonist which is also the narrator of the story tells the events in a sorrowful way. He forms his sentences in a way that lets the reader know that he doesn’t feel the same way anymore. This regret, this remorse is a rhetorical appeal known as pathos, which focuses on emotions. Author Springsteen uses pathos in his bildungsroman, more distinctly realism and foils in order to persuade the reader of the epiphany and evolution that the protagonist now has in his life.
In order to better understand the premises of the story a short summary is needed to get to know the narrator better. The protagonist, although not named tries to enjoy his summer with two of his friends Jeff and Digby by being rebels. Initially looking for trouble, they ride around from place to place using the protagonist’s parents’ borrowed car. They go looking for trouble at a place called Greasy Lake where they mistake a car for their friend’s car and try interrupt him while getting busy with a lady. When they interrupt the couple in the car, they find out that their friend Tony wasn’t in there, but a stranger, a real “badass”, their foil, was interrupted who proceeds to beat down the protagonist and his two friends. Out of rash thinking he hits the “badass” in the head with a tire iron just enough to knock him out. Once he is down the protagonist and his friends try to ravage the “foxy” lady the real “badass” was having his business (sex) with. Except another car filled with rebels comes and saves the foxy lady.
At this point the views of the narrator and his friends begin to change, from rebellious to afraid. The Protagonist and his friends realize that their life is in potential danger so they run for it. They jump into the lake to swim to the other side where the protagonist then runs into a floating body of a dead biker junkie. The protagonist then realizes that the lifestyle they were trying to live was too dangerous for them to live out. When they get back to their car, they find that the rebels, which too are foils to the three friends, destroyed his parents’ car. In the end two Junkie girls drive by them in the morning and ask them if they want to party with them. With their views changed they decline the offer and go home.
Springsteen starts the short story by showing how mild the youngster’s lives really were using realism. In the first paragraph of the story it is...