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Aaron Giebel Character Analysis

A businessman interviewed by Buzz Bissinger about his role in the boom and bust of the 1980s, Aaron Giebel talks about the enormous wealth he accumulated during the oil boom, in oil prospecting. Giebel ended up losing nearly all this money when the bust occurred; normally a sensible and cautious investor, Giebel admits to having been “crazed” by the allure of big profits during the boom.

Aaron Giebel Quotes in Friday Night Lights

The Friday Night Lights quotes below are all either spoken by Aaron Giebel or refer to Aaron Giebel. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Perseus edition of Friday Night Lights published in 1990.
Chapter 11: Sisters Quotes

There is no question the banks were tantamount to prostitutes during the boom.

Related Characters: Aaron Giebel (speaker)
Page Number: 243
Explanation and Analysis:

Bissinger makes no bones about criticizing the banking and oil industries in West Texas. He believes that these industries rely on government subsidies and "handouts," then decry these same "handouts" when they are given to families in need. Bissinger also equates their business strategies to a series of institutional gambles, which cause the economic basis of the community to vary wildly, and which prevent local families from enjoying financial comfort and stability.

But Bissinger also recognizes the emotional appeal of this "boom-bust" mindset. Texas, as he traces over the course of the book, was founded by independent-minded men and women seeking opportunity in a place they believed to be untouched by the cities of the east coast of the US (although there were, of course, communities of people already living throughout the American West). For Bissinger, the opportunities and pitfalls of this boom-bust lifestyle are inseparable, and are central to the Odessa way of life. 


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Aaron Giebel Character Timeline in Friday Night Lights

The timeline below shows where the character Aaron Giebel appears in Friday Night Lights. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11: Sisters
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...a week. Bissinger goes on to describe the rise and fall of a man named Aaron Giebel, living in Midland, whose prosperity and collapse in the oil industry is indicative of... (full context)
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But the bust was inevitable—it would come, and it did. Giebel had spent enormous amounts of money on a private jet, and on his own gigantic... (full context)