What We Talk About When We Talk About Love | Study Guide

Raymond Carver

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Narrator, “Tell the Women We’re Going” e never knew what Jerry wanted. But it started and ended with a rock. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, New York Times, On Writing by Raymond Carver Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Minimal Plot By deemphasizing plot, Carver uses subtler internal shifts. Minimal Exposition Carver provides little in the way of description or backstory. Nested Narratives By “nesting” stories Carver achieves complexity in perspective. Carver’s Techniques Windows Symbolize the permeable boundary between internal and external, as well as the breakable wall separating the subjective and the objective Photographs Lead to transformative shifts in perception, in which characters can glimpse their lives from the outside— with varying results Rocks Signify the need for primal catharsis, which usually includes violence or the release of pent-up tension—or both Symbols Born in the logging town of Clatskanie, Oregon, Carver spent much of his life struggling with alcoholism and poverty, like many of the characters in his stories. His work has been called “dirty realism” for its minimalist form and its blue-collar content. RAYMOND CARVER1938–88 Author The ones we love hurt us, and we cannot help but respond destructively. The Destructiveness of Love Seeing is understanding, which brings healing and reconciliation. Seeing & Understanding Our struggles to communicate are always characterized by failure. Communication In these collected stories ordinary people stumble their way through personal crises. Faced with the tragic situation of being human, they drink, cheat, and struggle to communicate. Carver’s prose evokes the depths of human anguish through its attention to what lies on the surface. Public Surfaces, Private Anguish CONTEXT What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Fiction English Original Language 1981 Year Published Raymond Carver Author Short Stories

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