Comparing and Contrast

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Aimee Bender’s story “Tiger Mending,” underscores themes of characterization describing behavioral habits based on association. Raymond Carver’s story “Popular Mechanics,” uses themes of characterization and diction to explain responses or reactions to events. It is apparent by juxtaposing these two short stories that characters are dependent, and they have different responses or reactions depending of the events. In “Tiger Mending” and “Popular Mechanics” the writers use characterization to reveal the possible fictionality that anybody can be dependent on family members, partners, or friends. Bender uses metaphors to explain that the main character of “Tiger Mending” has to be with her sister to “fly” both in a plane and in life. The author expresses: “The only way she [her sister] can relax on a flight is if I am [main character] there, because I am always, always having some kind of crisis, and she focuses in and fixes me and forgets her own concerns” (122). The girl will not fly or be free on her own, she always needs her sister. While Carver uses metaphor and imagery to describe that in a marriage or in a relationship the wife is the one that is going to depend on the husband. In the story one can decipher this explanation of how a girl can be dependent when the author shows that the girl is saying: “I’m glad you’re leaving! I’m glad you are leaving! she said. Do you hear?” (279). She does not want him to go but she is full of pride. That means that the main characters of both stories depend on other people to reach important things, the wife to deal her life and the girl to achieve a great level concentration. In both stories the main characters are acting really impulsive, pulling away from the person that they were relying on for a long time. The main character in “Tiger Mending” reveals her feelings by saying “No” to her sister. Similarly, in “Popular Mechanics,” the wife depends on the main character, but she pulls away from her husband when she says:...
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