Symbolism In Carver's Popular Mechanics By Raymond Carver

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In his minimalistic story, Popular Mechanics, Raymond Carver makes use of imagery, symbolism, tone, and metaphors. Carver’s use of the literary devices characterizes the woman’s feelings toward the situation as well as the tension between the relationship, which results with the ending of the relationship between the man and the woman. With the use of these literary devices he also creates a more vivid portrayal of the two characters as well as a universal theme. These devices are essential to his style of writing since the few details of the story, can seem very simplistic. Throughout the story Carver constantly uses imagery to make symbolic connections between nature and their relationship. He starts off his story with, “Early that day weather turned and the snow was melting into dirty water”(Line 1). We can see that as Carver starts telling the story he kind of starts to put in imagery as well as symbolic things into his introduction. It is clear that at the beginning, he is not mentioning anything about the relationship between the man and the woman, but he is actually speaking about it through the description that he is giving. Carver says, “the weather turned” which shows that everything was fine and all of a sudden the weather changed just like a sunny day that turns into a cloudy and rainy day all of a sudden. Also, when he says “the snow was melting into dirty water”, he is showing that something that was once solid and together is starting to completely come apart

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