What We Talk About When We talk About Love
By Raymond Carver
After analyzing Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” it is easy to see that there are several different ideas concerning true love that the characters in the story are in dispute over. The characters in the story are sitting around a table drinking gin and discussing what their opinions are about real love. All of these people seem to have a distorted view about what love is. Moreover, each one of their opinions seems to conflict with the others. Terri’s idea of real love is the most valid out of the group. Terri is included as one of the confused. However, I believe that she is the closest to understanding what love is. In Raymond Carver’s story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” there is a wide array of opinions concerning the true definition of love. I believe that Carver includes these conflicting ideas of love to illustrate to his readers a sense of urgency in finding a path in life. Carver shows through his characters that life is too short to spend any portion of it moving in the wrong direction. All four people at the table have been living their lives under different creeds concerning love. And all four have been living in a motionless fashion. For example, Nick and Laura both believe in physical love. Terri points out that their physical attraction will die with time. Also, Mel puts up a wall around his emotions toward people and seals himself off. He only believes in spiritual love. Poor Terri is married to Mel. She is just going down with the ship. Additionally, all four have been married once before. Obviously their ideas of love have already failed them at least once. At the end of the story, they all realize that they have been living either motionless or simply just moving backwards. I...
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