Analysis Of The Book ' What We Talk About When We Talking About Love '

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In the book, ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love’, Carver demonstrates a consistent theme of destruction throughout a young couple’s relationship involving their different values of love, as well as the way they interact with each other and with alcohol. Carver exhibits the couple’s young love in their ‘honey-moon phase’, which the couple begins to realize does not last forever as their love begins to fade and the reality of relationships sinks in. What once was a romantic love is taking a turn for the worst.
Holly and Duane were a normal couple looking to start a new life together in a new home. Carver displays their naive hopefulness for their future together. Their love was structured and intact, similar to the hotel swimming pool. “I saw to the grounds, (...) kept the swimming pool clean, did the small repairs”(23). The pool symbolizes their relationship which is clean in the beginning. Duane claims he takes care of the small repairs which connects to his efforts he puts into his marriage. Carver demonstrates Duane and Holly with similar values in their marriage. However, something changes for Duane and cheats on Holly with their maid. He does not feel guilty over his affair, he claims, “I get down on my knees and I start to beg. But I am thinking of Juanita. This is awful. I don’t know what’s going to happen to me or to anyone else in the world”(24). The couple’s marriage is destructing after Duane commits this act of adultery. He seems only concerned with what…

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