Raymond Carver

An analysis of the works of the author Raymond Carver.

This paper discusses the writings of the author Raymond Carver and in particular how his works change and develop over the course of his career. It shows how most of his work is semi-autobiographical, based on his life as an alcoholic, young father, and blue-collar worker, and contrasts various themes and topics between his earlier stories and his later ones.
“One of the contrasts between Carver’s earlier works and his later works is in the minute detail of eating. In The Idea, Carver’s characters use eating as a substitute for communication, especially with those who they should be the most intimate. In “Cathedral” the baker tells the couple whose son a hit-and-run driver killed, “Eating is a small, good thing in a time like this” (Carver 88), and then he shares fresh bread with them. Here, eating is a solace, not a substitute for intimacy.”