The Text: Popular Mechanics By Raymond Carver

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The title of the text is Popular Mechanics and it is a short story. Its author is Raymond Carver who describes the terrible situation going on in between a couple. The story shows how couple’s brutality impacts their child’s life. Even though the author did not clearly take the story until the end but he gives a hint till the ferocious fight of the couple and their evil acts by pulling their baby toward them can give the idea what could have happened next. It is sure that baby is physically hurt or injured or maybe died. This paper will evaluate the author's views and makes a critical study of the story by highlighting both fascinating and weak parts of it.

Summary of Story

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How beautifully Carver describes the scene is at the night-time and the darkness outside was due to the night but even though lights are flashing inside of that house, but still it was dark due to the breaking of relationship. I was imagining reading the author’s description and I was curious to know and go further to see what happened next. I like the part in the story is in the beginning just in two lines author explained what reader can expect the end of the story. Those two lines are, which are also seem to be author’s view too, “the snow was melting into dirty water” (Carver, 1981). “But it was getting dark on the inside too.” (Carver, 1981). “In this manner, the issue was decided” (Carver, …show more content…
Till now what all I have read in stories is, the mother is the most merciful on her own children. I don’t like the woman nagging the man and making him more aggressive. It shows the woman acted more in ruining the situation even though she was crying which shows she is sad and hurt, but her negative reaction towards the man did not lessen the problem instead it increased the problem.

This is the evidence proved to support his views by the author, “The baby was red-faced and screaming. In the scuffle, they knocked down a flowerpot that hung behind the stove. He crowded her into the wall then, trying to break her grip. He held onto the baby and pushed with all his weight” (Carver, 1981). And this sentence shows that the evidence is valid “In this manner, the issue was decided” (Carver, 1981). “He felt the baby slipping out of his hands and he pulled back very hard” (Carver, 1981).

I think the missing part in the story is the reason behind the man and the woman splitting relationship. This is important to study the situations how the problem began and what could be done to solve the issue or even for prevention. The evidence is relevant because the step by step situation going on in the story shows, how one act leads to another worse

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