Popular Mechanics by Raymond Carver

828 WordsMar 1, 20064 Pages
In Popular Mechanics the author, Raymond Carver, uses painstaking details, numerous symbols, and an unusual title to convey the universal theme that not all relationships end happily. Carver uses all these things to his advantage. He brings out the theme of this depressing, but truthful story. Many couples these days experience the same thing that this one in particular went through. "Early that day the weather turned and the snow was melting into dirty water." Carver starts off the story in this way. It is obvious that something bad is coming or has even already happened. The tone is grim from the very beginning and it also gives us an idea of what is to come. The weather outside is dark, "But it was getting dark on the inside too." This…show more content…
This title gives us an idea of what is to come, if you take the time to look at it. Raymond Carver's symbols, use of details, and his inventive title really bring together this unusual story, to convey the theme that not all relationships end happily. He describes every little bit of this story with brilliant detail. The symbolism is indescribable, and the title is tricky but yet it makes absolute sense when you pick it apart. Popular Mechanics is truly a very meaningful short story. Carver packs so much significance into such a short piece of literature that this is no other word for it but amazing. Mechanics: The branch of physics concerned with the analysis of the action of forces on matter or material systems Popular: Suited to or within the means of ordinary people (Carver's
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