The Bath By Raymond Carver Analysis

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1. What is the title of the text and what is the text about?

I selected the story with the title of “The Bath” by Raymond Carver. The day before the birthday of a boy(Scotty) the mother of the boy asked the baker to prepare a cake to celebrate his son’s birthday. The day after Scotty gets hit by a car on his birthday, falls into a coma, and gets taken to the hospital. The boy's father and mother are near his hospital bed waiting to hear news about their son’s health from the doctors. The mother is getting more worried as the time passes by and she initially refuses to leave until she realizes it is pointless to stay in the hospital when there is nothing she can do. She goes home and feeds the dog and after she takes a bath. The story
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5. Is the evidence relevant? How do I know?

The evidences of “lack of communication”is shown throughout the story is indeed relevant as it starts from the beginning of the story and it end in the last part.

Also if the communication would have been more efficient the story could have been completely different. For Example if the boy would have told his friend the gravity of the situation soon after he got hit by the car, and his friend would have called for an ambulance or asked someone for help, the boy would have had a greater chance of surviving the accident.

6. Have I heard/read anything similar or dissimilar? What was it?

Popular Mechanics written by the same author as “The Bath”, Raymond Carver, had the same issue illustrated in the book. The lack of communication is also a theme in Popular Mechanics”, but this time is between the parents who are separating and both fight to have the child. Again the author shows what kind of negative impact the lack of communication can have, in this case particularly with the child, which is caught in the middle of his parents
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