1. What is the title of the text and what is the text about?
The Bath by Richard Carver (Carver, 1989). The text is about a mother and father worried about their son Scotty, because he was struck by a vehicle while walking to school. Scotty is currently in a coma at the hospital. Scotty’s mother has ordered a cake for his 8th birthday and the baker attempts to call several times since the cake is ready for pickup, during which he interrupted the father’s bath twice and the mothers once. The characters seem to lack emotion, and keep communication to a minimum even between the parents (Carver, 1989).
2. What is the author’s view? How do I know?
That life is fragile, indefinite and full of conflict are what I feel the author is trying …show more content…
While they are waiting the mother pretends to be someone else as she watches out the window and observes a woman drive away from the hospital (Carver, 1989.) The mothers fear is evident here, wishing she could be someone else and not have to handle having her son possibly dying.
6. Have I heard/read anything similar or dissimilar? What was it?
I don’t believe I have read anything similar to this type of work. Most of us have observed similar stories or heard of them during our lifetime, after all communication is something that is lacking in most people. Internal conflict is also apparent in most lives at some point conversely, external conflict can be found in everyday life matters of almost every person.
7. Do I agree or disagree with the views expressed by the author? Why?
I agree with Carvers’ views on life expressed in this story. The views could be examples of real life situations of an everyday life. Carver expresses how real life is full of love, loss, turmoil and conflict, while also showing how lack of communication is a common issue in the
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Carver uses foreshadowing as a prominent element in this story. There are many examples of foreshadowing throughout the story. The first time the reader gets to see obvious foreshadowing is when the woman picks up the picture of the baby off the bed where the man is packing his belongings. “Then she noticed the baby’s picture on the bed and picked it up. He looked at her and she wiped her eyes and stared at him before turning and going back to the living room” (277). This small detail foreshadows that physical altercation that the couple will go through with the baby. The last big foreshadow that the reader gets is when the couple knocks over the flower pot. “The baby was red-faced and screaming. In the scuffle they knocked own a flowerpot that hung behind the stove” (277). This is very brief and only mentioned in this sentence. But this is the foreshadowing of the relationship that is broken, or even worse the baby being broken along with the relationship. While there are details at the beginning on the story, there are smaller things that can easily be looked over but are very important. The characters in this story, since it is minimalist fiction, are not ever given names. The characters are always just referred to as; the man, the woman, and the baby. The audience never finds out why the couple is breaking
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Carver also emphasizes the contradictions within the characters themselves in the story, which illustrates the uncertainty of love, and how there is not a clearly defined approach to understanding it. Returning to the topic of Terri's previous marriage, Mel, her current husband, complains about his failure to understand how she could refer to that abusive relationship as love. However, later on when she corrects him while he is talking, he turns to her and asks her to "shut up" (Carver 767). Another important contradiction which takes place throughout the entire story, is how the four friends are discussing a subject which they all have had bad experiences with, since they have all been divorced and remarried. The contradictions throughout Carver's story symbolize how love can also contradict itself, and trying to understand love is impossible since so many particular cases can negate specific examples of love.
“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. Whenever I’m sad I’m going to die, or so nervous I can’t sleep, or in love with someone I won’t be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: ‘I’ll go take a hot bath,’ ” (Plath, 12).