Compare and contrast the thematic content between "The Bath" and "A Small, Good Thing" both by Raymond Carver?

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The fundamental topic matter in both works is the same.  "The Bath" is the predecessor to "A Small, Good Thing " and placing them side by side reveals this.  On one hand, "The Bath" takes the horrific events of Scotty's death and the constant phone calls as plaguing the life of the parents as its end.  The conclusion of the story features Scotty's mother as needing to take a bath as its end, indicating a washing away of sorts.  This washing away can...

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