Popular Mechanics Raymond Carver Summary

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In the short story ‘Popular Mechanics’, Raymond Carver implicitly uses lighting, and weather conditions to provide foreshadowing. Carver opens the story by alerting the reader of the somber and grim mood through the dreariness outdoors. The caliginous lighting acts as a foreshadowing within the story because the darkness outside mirrors far more than the physical darkness in the house. The author uses metaphors like ‘windows that faced the backyard’ and ‘cars slush[ing] by on the street outside’ to imply that what happens within the house is not usually seen nor acknowledged by the public. Moreover, he tells the reader that the events in the house, no matter how grave, does not affect nor disrupt the outside world in any way. The story was
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