Reality And Its Illusions In Raymond Carver's 'Errand'

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Brandon Samario
Dr. Sabine Sautter-Leger
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29 March 2018

Reality and its Illusions
“Errand”, is a short story by famous American writer Raymond Carver. “Errand”, is one of the last stories Carver wrote for a collection called “Where I’m calling from”. This is a story that is unlike any other of Carver has done due it consisting of a bibliography and fictional elements. Carver’s “Errand” writes about an idol of his; Chekhov a Russian journalist who dies due to being diagnosed with tuberculosis causing him to go “delirious”. Many fantasize when and how will die and so, Carver’s writing of Chekhov helped imagine what his might be like. The story uses “good death” to stabilize the idea of human imagination. “Errand” uses imagination
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These items played an important symbolic role in the story showing an image that suggested the pouring of Chekov 's life and of Knipper’s grief. The “Cork” is presented at the end of the story when the cork used to pop the champagne bottle open, “the young man finally picked up the cork and closed it into his hand (26)”, was an action to close up the story. Carver makes readers think about the relationship between literature and the history, to imagine how they would respond to another person 's death. As when Chekov dies “A large, black-winged moth flew through a window and banged widely against the electric lamp (24)”, presenting the struggles, and aspects of Chekov death. As Chekov dies the story changes from an omniscient narration to a third person narration, as it was told from a point of view of Chekov it changes to his wife; Knipper, having access to her thoughts and feelings, “Leave the glasses. Don’t worry about them. Forget about crystal wineglasses and such. Leave the room as it is. Everything is ready now. We’re ready. Will you go?” (26).

“Errand” by Carver Raymond is story that is quite absurd to other stories has wrote in his collection. “Errand” uses styles of a bibliography and fiction to describe his idol; Chekhov’s death. Carver uses aspects of imagination in relation with death by using the “young man” as a tool to underline the prosaic details of death. Many of symbolic items were used to classify the aspects of death by including reasoning towards the “roses”, the “moth”, the “cork”, and the
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