Why Honey Short Story

913 Words4 Pages
“Why, Honey” is a short story from 1976 written by Raymond Carver. The short story is about a relationship between a single mother and her son. The mother is the narrator of the story, which we get introduced in her letter. The letter tells us the developments in their relationship, as her son gets older. At first she tells us a bit about how well her son is doing. One day changed all circumstances, suddenly an incident happens. All the troubles started when their cat died on 4th July; their neighbor told the narrator that she had seen two boys putting firecrackers in Trudy’s ears. She suspects that it was her son, who has been killing Trudy, but he denies. Through the short story her son lies about everything, which makes his mother curious and suspicious about him, because something is telling that he is not telling the truth.…show more content…
She seems to be a traditional caring mother, who is very patient about her son. She cooks breakfast to him, and is very talkative. Even though she knows her son is lying directly in her face, she waits for him to be truthful, before she has to confront him, as it seems like she is giving him a chance to be open minded. As likely as any other mothers she is curious about her son, and gets suspicious when she sees her son hiding things from her. She is like any other mother in the world, who wants to talk with her child about school and work that she also does. She tries to communicate with him as much as possible, but her son does it tough for her. Once her son screamed at her “I’m sick of you spying”, it broke her heart. It shows us how much she loves him. Perhaps the mother has an illness too that makes her imagine unrealistic thoughts. She’s afraid of her son; even though her son left him many years ago, and she left town and changed name, she still feels that she’s under surveillance. She can’t move from her fears, because it lives in
Open Document