Raymond Carver’s short story “Popular Mechanics” was written in the minimalist style, but that didn’t stop him from using rich and full uses of imagery, symbolism and irony. Carver begins the story up by giving details on the weather outside than slowly comparing it to the drama going on inside his story. By using a mix of imagery and symbolism, the day gets darker as well as the story and gives off a feeling of melancholy. Though the communication is brief, Carver makes every word said important and meaningful. He uses irony throughout the entirety of “Popular Mechanics” and gets the purpose of the writing across while still adding emotion to the argument. Carver’s opens his story with a brief, yet detailed imagery describing the weather and comparing it to what’s going on with the family inside. “Early that day the …show more content…
When the argument shifts its setting by moving from the bedroom to the kitchen, Carver’s use of symbolism adds intensity to the story. Too busy with their selfishness, “In the scuffle they knocked down a flowerpot that hung behind the stove” (329). Neither parent stopped to see the broken pot, nor did any of them break focus on their fight with the child. The kitchen is usually a place where a family comes together, but here they were breaking apart at the seams. The encroaching darkness was also a large factor in all of this. In the starting paragraph, “But it was getting dark on the inside too” (328) when the arguments were light, and not physical. When we start to reach the climax of the story “The Kitchen window gave no light” (329) the light starts to get snuffed out everywhere. “In the near-dark he worked on her fisted fingers with one hand and with the other hand he gripped the screaming baby” (329). In the story’s final moments, the light is almost completely out, as is the hope for the couple to reconcile or stop destroying their
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In the excerpt, The Street by Ann Petry, there is a 3rd person omniscient narrator to explain the hatefulness of the cold along with the keen determination of Lutie Johnson. The narrator completely conveys the true parts of the cold to better show Lutie Johnson’s experiences by employing descriptive personifications and vivid imagery of the central antagonist as the wind. Imagery is undeniably the most used literary device in this excerpt, as it gives the reader an accurate sense of the horrible temperate weather that the protagonist is forced to endure in her search for a home. The presence of the “Cold November wind” is shown in the sense of disorder and chaos that is at 110th street. “Scraps of paper “are sent “…into the faces of the people
In Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron”, he uses the elements of similes and irony to convey the idea that when a person tries to change a broken system, they must have a thorough plan and support from society to achieve their goals because one person cannot change the world. The author uses similes
Edelman argues that the anger is not all her husband 's fault and that mostly the issue is mutual between her and her husband. She details the one time she got so mad that she went out and bought a tree house for no good reason. She said, “One day I said f*** it, and I took John’s credit card and bought a swing set” (55) This outburst again conveys to the reader that Edelman becomes so frustrated that eventually she breaks down. Her eruptive use of “f***” drives home her final feeling.
Grant describes how the weather is cold and rainy preceding the Christmas program, dedicated to Jefferson, but despite this, the community travels from around town to view the program. Grant describes how "people were there much earlier" and exhibits their perseverance when, because of "the rain, they could not drive cars; instead, they "walked or came by wagon" and describes how people wore their "going-to-town" clothes, and once they reached the church, they "kicked the mud on the ground and came inside the church" (Gaines,131). Gaines utilizes imagery to highlight the resilience of the community and their ability to overcome obstacles. Despite the cold and rainy weather, people gathered for the Christmas program dedicated to Jefferson, showcasing their determination and unity. Additionally, the imagery of people wearing their "going-to-town" clothes emphasizes their shared commitment to this important event.
The one thing that any author must do when writing any sort of essay is to make it comprehensible to the reader. In order to achieve this, the author must utilize anything to get their point across or else the writing would be futile. In Turkeys in the Kitchen , Dave Barry gives his own personal stories about his Thanksgiving and how he feels that men aren’t as useful as women in the terms of the culinary arts (kitchen), Barry’s flippant tone and his use of rhetorical devices such as similes and irony bring forth a light hearted explanation of stereotypes between men and women as well as describing how men are useless in the kitchen. The uses of similes throughout the essay give purpose by showing how men are useless.
Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something that the characters do not. Dramatic and situational irony appear throughout a few of Carver’s numerous remarkable short stories. Cathedral by Raymond Carver is the story about a blind man, Robert, who visits a husband and wife in their home. One would expect the husband to be able to see more than the blind man, but ironically this is not the case. The husband who is also the narrator can physically see, but figuratively can not.
In the conclusion paragraph, Barry talks about the point of view of his wife, that before womens liberation, men took care of cars and the women took care of the kitchen. Women had a more womanly jobs, while the men had the more manly jobs. The stereotypes of women having a job of working in the kitchen and doing all the chores in the house, make men believe nowadays that it’s okay for women to do all the work and that men don’t need to do as much as they have to in the kitchen. In conclusion “Lost in the Kitchen” portrays a story that focuses on the food of Thanksgiving, football, and the inability for men to multi task.
The play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is largely based on stereotypes. The most prevalent one explores the difference between gender roles. Glaspell exerts the repression of women in the 1900s. During that time, women were highly looked down upon by men, and were only seen as the housekeepers and child bearers. This example is displayed throughout the play with the men, however, the women in this play prove that the stereotypes of gender roles held against them are completely wrong, which is shown through the characters, set design, and symbolism.
The kids are hungry all the time. We got no clothes, torn an' ragged. If all the neighbors weren't the same, we'd be ashamed to go to meeting.” (Pg 33). Farmers are trying to reason with the landowners, their whole community is out of money and are struggling to make a living.
The setting of Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” reveals important aspects about the family in many ways. Without the enriched setting provided to the reader by Walker, this story would have had no foundation on which to be built. The first way Walker uses setting to let the reader get to know the family is through the detailed description provided to the reader about the family home in paragraph one. Walker describes the family’s front yard as being an “extended living room” (Walker 417)
While both sex and sibling behavioral issues aren’t often related to cooking, both Elaine Magarrell and Sally Croft are able to integrate these themes into their poems. In both of the poems “The Joy of Cooking”, by Elaine Magarrell, and “Home Baked Bread”, by Sally Croft, the authors use different types of imagery and figurative language in order to convey a completely different idea through the art of cooking. Both authors use rather explicit ideas and themes in their writing, and use remarkable figurative language and imagery in order to convey their themes. The poem “Home-Baked Bread” is an obvious play on words.
When was the last time you and your significant other fought? In Popular Mechanics by Raymond Carver, the story is about a husband (or boyfriend) who is leaving for an unknown reason, he demands to take the baby with him, but the wife (or girlfriend) will not let him. Undoubtedly, the parent's rage and lack of communication leads to the death of their son. Raymond Carver presents symbolism throughout the short story to indicate something awful is going to happen.
This is showing after the bright snow that reminds people of happy times and Christmas cheer is mixing with the dirt and going back to the unhappy times. Carver also adds “But it was getting dark on the inside too” showing that even inside the houses is becoming unhappy. This setting emphasizes the mood the couple are feeling towards each other. They are feeling unhappy and dislike towards each other because what we can imply the man has cheated on the woman. The couple in “Hills Like White Elephants” are stopped at a train station that is between two different landscapes.
Regardless, the anger is “chronic,” suggesting that it is persistent, and the son “slowly” (8) begins his day, “fearing” those “chronic angers” (9). From the son’s fear, the reader can infer that the son connects the house’s anger to his father, regardless of the anger’s cause. Through his use of imagery and personification in the second stanza, Hayden firmly establishes the idea that the relationship between the father and his son
In his short story, “Little Things,” Raymond Carver uses a mixture of imagery and symbolism to argue that the main characters of his story do not have their child’s best interests at heart and, therefore, do notgh deserve the child. Its similarity to the well-known Bible story of Solomon’s choice also helps Carver make his point. In the story, King Solomon is presented with a child and two women whom both claim that they are this child’s real mother. Solomon asks for a sword and says he will cut the child in half and give each woman an even portion of the child. One woman eagerly agrees, while the other woman cries out and begs the king to stop and just give the child to the other woman instead.