Raymond Carver's One More Thing

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Like poison, someone who has problems can kill them slowly. A thing that kills someone inside and outside, causing a problem much bigger than expected. "One More Thing" by Raymond Carver; this is the story about a family, a Father who is an alcoholic and abusive, a Mother and a Daughter who had enough of the his behavior and decides they don't want him living in the same roof anymore. Carver's theme is that it's always one more thing to someone who has a problem.
In the story "One More Thing", the title gives clue on what the theme is. The author proves the title is connected to the theme is when L.D. is arguing with Maxine about leaving the house, "That's where I'm going, he said. Out There, he said and pointed. Good, Maxine said. All right,
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The author uses minimalism when the narrator talks about Rae, "As for Rae, she hadn't been to school for weeks. She said no one could make her go." Rae hasn't been going to school and it seems like she doesn’t care about it and also her parents. It might have to do with his Father's alcoholism and how her parents argue about it. Another minimalism is when L.D. is packing his toiletries, "Then he put in the soap dish and the glass from over the sink and the fingernail clippers and her eyelash curlers." He packs her wife's eyelash curler. He probably pack it because he wants to get her mad more, he wants something to remember her by it or maybe he wants to use it. The little information the author writes the bigger the impact it has on the …show more content…
The author proves it when L.D. is about to leave the house, "He put the suitcase down and the shaving bag on top of the suitcase. He drew himself up and faced them. They moved back." The feeling is separate and sad. L.D. had one more thing do to, but the Mother and Daughter backed-off; the feeling is distant. The author proves it again when L.D. was about to say something, "He said, I just want to say one more thing. But then he could not think what it could possibly be." The feeling is speechless and empty. L.D. had one more thing to say but never said it, which is a contradiction to the title. The "open endings" leaves the reader into a cliffhanger wanting to know more of what happens in the

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