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In Raymond Carver's short story "Popular Mechanics," the baby represents innocence. Even in the first sentence, the narrator infers that all is not well in the household. The visual image that is...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2015 2:20 pm UTC

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The main irony in the story is that both the man and the woman want the baby but in the end neither get what they want. Initially, the man just wanted a photo of the baby, but the woman wouldn't...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 8:09 am UTC

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This short story by Raymond Carver appeared in his collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love with the title "Popular Mechanics," and later in the collection Where I'm Calling From: New...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2020 6:22 pm UTC

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This story alludes to the story of King Solomon's judgment in the Biblical book of Kings. In this story, two women claim to be the mother of one baby. One woman says that the other woman rolled...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019 5:59 pm UTC

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Actually, Raymond Carver didn't choose the title "Popular Mechanics" himself. Originally, the story was going to be called "Mine," but his editor changed it to the title as we now know it. Popular...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018 2:18 pm UTC

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There is situational irony in Raymond Carver's short story "Cathedral." That is, there is an incongruity between what is expected to happen and what does. In "Cathedral," the narrator and his wife...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018 3:31 am UTC

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Raymond Carver is the minimalist author of the short story "Sixty Acres," a story set in the Lower Valley of the Yakima Indian Reservation in Washington. A popular area for duck hunting, the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2010 11:29 am UTC

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In Raymond Carver's short story entitled "Cathedral," there are three characters: the narrator, his wife, and her friend named Robert, a blind man. The narrator's wife is a static character; that...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2018 8:30 am UTC

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If you want to stick with symbolism (given in the prompt as an example and therefore likely something your teacher is looking for), there are several examples you could use. You might structure a...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019 1:15 am UTC

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In "Popular Mechanics," the baby could be said to represent the respective egos of the warring couple. It's abundantly clear right from the start that neither the man nor the woman has the best...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 8:24 am UTC

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The baby in "Popular Mechanics" could be said to represent the sense of dignity that most of us have, a sense of self-worth. Both the unnamed man and woman in the story instinctively acknowledge...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 12:50 pm UTC

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Raymond Carver's short story style influenced many other minimalist authors. He is often referred to as the father of literary minimalism. Minimalism is basically literature that is spare and lean...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 7:12 pm UTC

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Before we can create an outline for a comparison/contrast essay about these two stories, we have to have a firm grasp of the stories' themes, plots, and characters. “Popular Mechanics” by Raymond...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2021 6:09 pm UTC

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You will find that the eNotes study guide under "Raymond Carver" contains an abundance of information about this popular and important writer of prose and poetry. Carver had a short life because he...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2016 2:55 pm UTC

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As to the original source of that statement, it's hard to say, and I couldn't find it. But I do remember reading about that, and it is mentioned in several articles in the context of his teaching...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2010 3:30 am UTC

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