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  • J.P. S Story
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    In 'The Compartment,' one of Raymond Carver's bleakest stories, a man passes through the French countryside in a train, en route to a rendezvous with a son he has not seen for many years. 'Now and then,' the narrator says of the man, 'Meyers saw a farmhouse and its outbuildings, everything surrounded by a wall. He thought this might be a good way to live-in an old house surrounded by a wall' (Cathedral 48). Due to a last minute change of heart, however, Meyers chooses to stay insulated in his 'c...
  • Two Of Carver's Stories About Neighbors
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    A silence fell in August of 1988, when Raymond Carver died, in the very prime of his career. Yet, if one looks closely at his work, there is always something of that silence present in his stories, in his style which seems to tell so little, yet suggest so much. As Susan Lohafer had described reading him, While it might seem that we could be bored by Carver's lean style (as we surely are by imitations of Hemingway), we are in fact kept alert by having to look through the interstices for the mean...
  • Portrayal Of Communion In Carvers Story
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    Disjunction vs. Communion in Raymond Carver's Short Stories Raymond Carver, poet, essayist, and short story writer, was very different from some other writers in that he clipped his writing until only the essential remained. ' Carver not only acknowledged the effect that fiction could have on readers, he proclaimed that it should affect readers. ' (Bone tti 58) Thus, when Carver writes about intimate relationships, the reader perceives the stories as more than entertainment or skillful language;...
  • Carver's Distaste For The Blind Man
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    Cathedral: A Lesson for the Ages Raymond Carver's short story, "Cathedral", portrays a story in which many in today's society can relate. We are introduced from the first sentence of the story to a man that seems to be perturbed and agitated. As readers, we are initially unsure to the reasoning's behind the man's discomfort. The man, who seems to be a direct portrayal of Raymond Carver himself, shows his ignorance by stereotyping a blind man by the name of Robert, who has come to stay with he an...
  • Raymond Carvers Characters Struggle Through Their Lives
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    How does Carver create precision of reality with his characters, focusing on Fires? When looking at the works of Raymond Carver, one can feel a sense of autobiography, that the characters in his stories are struggling against the same circumstances that Carver himself once struggled through. How true this is, is marginal to say the least, for Carver tells us in Fires that anything from a phone call to living in a seedy apartment in Jerusalem for four months is cause to influence his writing. But...
  • Jackson Like Carver And Dubus
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    Andre Dubus, Raymond Carver and Shirley Jackson have changed the landscape of contemporary fiction both culturally and stylistically. All three comment about the affect upon the individual whose life circumstances have caused them to act the way that they do. When reading their short stories you can't help but notice that Dubus and Carver have very similar styles. Their use of the first person narrative allows them to step back from the story and have less of an interpretive influence. Their lac...
  • Carver's Couples Talk About Love
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    Talking about love. What is love? It may seem like a stupid question, but on second examination, it doesn't seem quite so stupid. After all, love is a feeling. How can we really describe what a feeling is or means? The meaning of any feeling can differ greatly between individuals, and the meaning of love is no different. In 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,' ; Raymond Carver weaves a tale of two couples examining what love is. While Carver doesn't reveal any great truths about what lo...
  • Terri And Mel
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    Mel McGinnis of "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" seems like that one guy that everyone seems to know. He stands out from others; he's unique. You either love him or hate him. Mel is very much like one of my good friends. They are both very individualistic and hey are both annoying drunks. They are both interesting characters though. I think the author Raymond Carver created the character Mel based off someone he knew. Carver created Mel for one reason or another. Mel is just like one...
  • Raymond's Use Of Alcohol
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    Alcohol Viewed Through the Eyes of Raymond Carver Some people feel that alcohol is a substance that can be used to escape reality and live in a world where there are no dilemmas or problems that must be solved. Whether the alcohol is abused or just used in moderation, many people are drawn to the several aspects it has to offer. One example of someone who follows these characteristics is the very famous and talented writer, Raymond Carver. Raymond's use of alcohol is clearly displayed not only t...
  • Carver's Best Work
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    Too close for comfort Yet the similarity between these two stories raises some interesting questions about how we read Carver. That he is adored as few late-century American writers are is not news -- as Bloom points out there's almost a cult of Carver. Readers treasure not only his taut, bleak, deeply moving short stories but the legend of his life, as well: unhappy, alcoholic, stifled by frustrating poverty and saddled with the overwhelming responsibilities of teenage parenthood (' [My wife an...
  • Man Similarities With A Typical Carver Story
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    By Looking Closely At Language, Content, Style Show How Fat Can Be Considered A Typical Carve Sto When answering this question one must first consider what a typical Raymond Carve story is. After reading several of his other short stories you can see a pattern developing. His minimalist style creates a sense of detachment from the story and its characters, however at the same time he is still able to take you through a range of emotions. A typical Carver story certainly involves colloquial and e...
  • Raymond Carver
    597 words
    Tormented by tragedies, illnesses, and familial tribulations, authors and poets over the ages have reflected their angst and sadness through their works. Their emotions paint colorful characters onto a canvas of paper to portray plots that keep us glued page after page. Their own souls are poured out so that they can relay their feelings as if these fictional stories are their own. Raymond Carver is no different. Born in Clatskanie, Oregon on May 25, 1938, Carver's father immediately had a negat...

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