Fever by Raymond Carver

In Fever by Raymond Carver we have the theme of trust, helplessness, letting go and acceptance. Taken from his Cathedral collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and very early in the story the reader realises that Carver is exploring one of the main themes of the story, the theme of trust. It is […]

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The Train by Raymond Carver

In The Train by Raymond Carver we have the theme of connection, desperation and acceptance. Taken from his Cathedral collection, the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and is a follow up of a John Cheever short story called ‘The Five-Forty-Eight.’ What is interesting about the story it that there are several different stories not being told. First the […]

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Vitamins by Raymond Carver

In the short story Vitamins by Raymond Carver we have the theme of discontent, infidelity, escape, paralysis and disaffection. Taken from his Cathedral collection the story is narrated in the first person and begins with the narrator (unnamed) telling the reader first about his ‘nothing job’ at the hospital and then about his wife Patti’s job. Patti sells vitamins door to door and very early […]

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A Small, Good Thing by Raymond Carver

In A Small, Good Thing by Raymond Carver we have the theme of connection, helplessness, loss, conflict, communication, isolation and loneliness. Taken from his Cathedral collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and in the opening passages of the story the reader realises that Carver is delving into the theme of connection. Ann, while […]

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The Compartment by Raymond Carver

In The Compartment by Raymond Carver we have the theme of regret, isolation, detachment and letting go or rather the inability to let go. Taken from his Cathedral collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and is set on a train travelling from Milan to Strasbourg. Something that is interesting in the story is […]

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Preservation by Raymond Carver

In Preservation by Raymond Carver we have the theme of change, fear, helplessness and paralysis. Taken from his Cathedral collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after first reading the story the reader realises that Carver is using a lot of symbolism. The book that Sandy is reading is significant. It’s called Mysteries […]

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Chef’s House by Raymond Carver

In Chef’s House by Raymond Carver we have the theme of isolation, connection, separation, hope, recovery, identity and memories. Taken from his Cathedral collection the story is narrated in the first person by a middle aged woman called Edna and very early on the reader realises that Carver is delving into the theme of separation. First there is Wes, Edna’s […]

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Feathers by Raymond Carver

In Feathers by Raymond Carver we have the theme of connection, desire, silence, communication, isolation, gratitude and change. Taken from his Cathedral collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called Jack and after first reading the story the reader becomes aware of the differences between Olla and Fran, even though both appear to have desires or […]

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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please by Raymond Carver

In Will You Please Be Quiet, Please by Raymond Carver we have the theme of connection, fear, crisis, escape, defeat, memories, letting go and identity. Taken from his collection of the same name the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and very early on in the story the reader realises that Carver, by providing a […]

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Signals by Raymond Carver

In Signals by Raymond Carver we have the theme of appearance, jealousy, conflict and separation. Taken from his Will You Please Be Quiet, Please collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and it is after reading the story that the reader realises that Carver may be using the setting of the story (Aldo’s restaurant) to explore the theme of […]

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Are These Actual Miles by Raymond Carver

In Are These Actual Miles by Raymond Carver we have the theme of appearance, infidelity, trust, consumerism, honesty and materialism. Taken from his Will You Please Be Quiet Please collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and very early on in the story the reader realises that Carver may be exploring one of the main […]

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Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes by Raymond Carver

In Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes by Raymond Carver we have the theme of pride, conflict and connection. Taken from his Will You Please Be Quiet, Please collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Carver may be exploring not only the theme of pride but […]

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The Student’s Wife by Raymond Carver

In The Student’s Wife by Raymond Carver we have the theme of longing, confinement, desperation, paralysis and powerlessness. Taken from his Will You Please Be Quiet, Please collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator, however it does appear that the point of view of the narrator matches that of the main protagonist in the […]

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What Do You Do In San Francisco by Raymond Carver

In What Do You Do in San Francisco by Raymond Carver we have the theme of connection, escape, loss, vulnerability and denial. Taken from his Will You Please Be Quiet, Please collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called Henry Robinson and the very first sentence of the story is interesting. Henry tells the reader that ‘This has nothing to […]

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Night School by Raymond Carver

In Night School by Raymond Carver we have the theme of desperation, loneliness, letting go, paralysis and escape. Taken from his Will You Please Be Quiet, Please collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story Carver appears to be exploring the theme of desperation and escape. While the narrator is talking […]

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What’s in Alaska by Raymond Carver

In What’s in Alaska? by Raymond Carver we have the theme of awareness, infidelity, trust, acceptance, freedom and paralysis (or inaction). Taken from his Will You Please Be Quiet, Please collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator, however it does appear that the view-point of the narrator matches that of one of the main protagonists in […]

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Sixty Acres by Raymond Carver

In Sixty Acres by Raymond Carver we have the theme of  tradition, doubt and conflict. Taken from his Will You Please Be Quiet, Please collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and begins with the main protagonist, Lee Waite, receiving a phone call from his friend and fellow American Indian, Joseph Eagle. Joseph is ringing Lee to […]

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Nobody Said Anything by Raymond Carver

In Nobody Said Anything by Raymond Carver we have the theme of conflict, escape, desire, curiosity and resolution. Taken from his Will You Please Be Quiet, Please collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young teenage boy called R. and begins with R. waking up and hearing his parents arguing. Immediately the reader becomes aware of […]

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