Symbolism In Everything Stuck To Him

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“Everything Stuck to Him” Literary Analysis
“Everything Stuck to Him” is a short story in which Raymond Carver, the author, presents a father telling his daughter a story of him and his wife when the daughter was a baby. The symbolism help expand the story in many ways, such having a change between the seasons; showing a symbolism of boyhood to manhood. Carver uses indirect characterizations to add to the development of the piece. Not only that, but the story is a frame story, a story within a story, that shows change and helps the reader interpret and see the change of the adult characters in the novel. Carver uses symbolism, characterization, and a frame story to impact the meaning and development of the piece. Carver uses symbolism that
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From the beginning of the story, Carver uses “girl” and “boy” rather than the real names of the main characters, but give names to the secondary characters. It seems that Carter decides to use “girl” and “boy” as something to express the lack of maturity within the internal story. Not only that, but the main character the “boy” indirectly shows a lot of his traits throughout the story. He shows that he loves his family by his actions. For example, instead of going hunting he decides to go back inside and stay with his family; “He turned off the motor and sat awhile. And then he got out and went back …show more content…
He uses symbolism by having the story be in the midst of a season change to winter. The changing of seasons show a change in the aspect of boyhood to manhood and can even represent the relationship turning cold. Carver expresses the characters personalities throughout the story. For example, he uses “boy” and “girl” to reference the main characters to express they lack maturity. Lastly, he uses a frame story helps the reader interpret and see the change of the adult characters in the

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