They Are Not Your Husband

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The limitations in a text, is one of the most important marks, witch characterizes the minimalistic style of writing. It is very important that the story depends on the speculations by the reader, and that the reader can analyze and understand the striped down dialog. That is the also one of the main marks in the short story “THEY’RE NOT YOUR HUSBAND” by Raymond Carver, who is known by his minimalistic writing.

The short story “They are not your husband” begins in medias res, which mean you get very little background information. The short story if told over a few weeks, it’s told along with Doreen weight loss. The story is also told in a chronology aspect. And the story itself ends with an open ending, which is typical for Raymond Carver’s type of writing. Raymond Carver is known by his minimalistic writing. The minimalism in the story is shown by the lack of communication, and the fact that the story is based on everyday life. The body language is an important tool in the minimalism. The body language brings another kind of communication to the plot. “The humiliation started in his face […]” (page 103 l. 8-13). His emotions are based on the description of his body language, and that is a typical mark for minimalism. “I never said anything before, she said” p. 103 l.30. In this quote you can see another important mark in the minimalistic writing. It is the “Language has limitations”. It means that the main character doesn’t know what to say in a particular situation. It shows that, she’s almost becomes speechless. when he told her that she needs to lose some weight. It is also very impotent, in the minimalistic writing, that the reader has to analyze the text on their own. That is way this text has an open, so the reader can create their own ending.

The story takes place in the couple’s home and in the cafe where Doreen works. "But they decided they didn't have enough money to buy enough steaks and other lean meats that the protein diet called for"...
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