Symbolism In 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Love'

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Register to read the introduction… Carver implemented subtle details about the lightness or darkness of the room throughout the story to demonstrate that there is no clear definition of love, and people, for the most part, are more comfortable that way. The conversation started while there was still sunlight filling up the kitchen. Naturally, light creates a comfort zone for humans, providing the ability to see surrounding situations, but in the story, that is when the complicated subject became the topic of discussion. The conversation ends without any agreement between the characters and in darkness. Carver shows his characters are comfortable with the situation because none chose to turn on a light, which indicates that they agree on love being a dark situation, in which a person does not know what is surrounding him or her. Much like the importance of those very common red octagons in countless street corners throughout the world, symbols have proven to be a crucial part of "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love." Raymond Carver strategically incorporated different symbols throughout his story to emphasize that there is no clear way to define love. Carver also used symbols to express the most important message in his story; we should be comfortable with not knowing the clear definition of

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