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(An Analysis Of The Conclusion Of Raymond Carver’s Everything Stuck To Him)

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(An Analysis of the Conclusion of Raymond Carver’s Everything Stuck to Him)

Never in my life have I read an anthologized short story so stylistically appealing to my own personal tastes.Raymond Carver takes readers on a poetic journey exploring the dynamics of family, marriage, and friendship within a few short pages. The final installment of Raymond Carver’s short story Everything Stuck to Him can be quite perplexing, however the final lines are what gives this story such substance.

In technical terms, Carver’s frame story ends on a rather happy note. “The boy looked down at himself, at everything stuck to his underwear. It has been ...view middle of the document...

“Things change, he says. I don't know how they do. But they do without you realizing it or wanting them to.Yes, that’s true, only-- But she does not finish what she started. She drops the subject. In the window’s reflection he sees her study her nails.” By trailing the story this way, readers automatically try to come up with their own reasoning as to why the mother is no longer in the picture. Could it be death or mental illness? Incarceration, maybe? My best guess is divorce, which is arguably the most devastating of this fearsome foursome. I can tell you from personal experience that there is nothing more awkward you can put your children through than a divorce. If this so happens to be the case in Carver’s story, the husband seems to be handling it rather well. From past experimentation, it is very hard to hear stories about your childhood without one parent getting a little passionate about the party that is no longer represented at the dinner table. I imagine that the daughter in this story is having her father come up to visit her after a long period of scheduling around his, her’s, and her mother’s visitations. This process can be a pain in the arse, especially when both parties think they are being mature for planning around one another. Dischord was struck on an all too personal level with this reader.

The father/daughter relationship presented in this story is very interesting when juxtaposed with the Carver’s frame story. Paternal relationships are renown for their ability to psychologically build up or ruin daughter. “But he stays by the...

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