Disjunction Vs. Communion In Raymond Carver's Short Stories



Raymond Carver, poet, essayist, and short story writer, was very
different from some other writers in that he clipped his writing until only
the essential remained. " Carver not only acknowledged the effect that
fiction could have on readers, he proclaimed that it should affect
readers."( Bonetti 58) Thus, when Carver writes about intimate
relationships, the reader perceives the stories as more than entertainment
or skillful language; the reader relates to the characters' situations and
applies the knowledge to their own lives. It is within this realm of
character affirmation that Carver draws a much more elaborate, and
meaningful detail in his short stories. I propose that Carver's ...

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create much more depth and interest in his
stories. It is within this scope of communion that Carver's stories seem
to become more fulfilling with character affirmation.
Communion occurs in Carver's stories when several conditions are
satisfied. The difference in the two criteria; communion and disjunction,
is simply defined. "Communion, n 1. A sharing of thoughts or feelings 2. a
A religious or spiritual fellowship." (Websters, 141) It is a
connection between characters which allows them to transcend the ordinary
and redefine themselves. A moment in which words, actions, and objects
take on exaggerated significance . Carver uses this bond between
characters in his later writings more directly, such as in his anthology
Cathedral. You must first initialize an intimate interaction between two
or more characters who can communicate---either verbally or physically. If
an individual is still projecting his/her personality onto another, that
individual has not ...

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biography, bares a little insight into his phases,
or different stages in which he wrote his different types of stories and
poems. Carver lived most of his life in a world which could not provide
the luxury of spiritual affirmation. He grew up in Clatskanie, Oregon to
working class-parents in a alcoholic home where reading material was
limited to Zane Gray novels, and the newspaper. Following high school,
Carver married his pregnant high school sweet hart. His drinking became
heavier. A list of meaningless jobs followed , in which writing only
provided a emotional outlet. During this time, Carver's hard life may have
instigated the disjunction he portrayed in his earlier writings. ...

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