Popular Mechanics Raymond Carver

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1. Title of work: Popular Mechanics by Raymond Carver This short story is about a couple who are having problems. The husband/boyfriend is packing his belongings and suddenly the couple are entangled in a struggle over their young child. The woman grabs the child and the husband is trying to pry him away from her. In doing so, they knock over a flower pot and the baby is screaming and crying. 2. I believe the author's view is to illustrate how things can change very rapidly in a relationship. I also believe he is trying to illustrate the irony of love in relationships. The biggest theme he seems to illustrate with the story is how destructive people can be. 3. Carver (1988) opens the story up with symbolism with the following passage: Early that day the weather turned and the snow was melting into dirty water. Streaks of it ran down from the little shoulder-high window that faced the backyard. Cars slushed by on the street outside, where it was getting dark. But it was getting dark on the inside too.…show more content…
The turning of white snow to dirty water and the darkness of night are symbols of what is going on in the couple's home. The ending of the story is also an abrupt turn for the worse as the couple fight over the child, pulling at him and the story ends with "In this manner, the issue was decided" (Carver, 1988). The only pure thing left between them seemed to be this child, but the ugliness of their aggression ended up hurting him at the end. We don't really know what happens to the baby, but the author leaves us wondering what they did to this innocent child in the midst of their
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