We Talk about When We Talk About Love Literary Analysis
Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love” uses past relationships and experiences to exemplify the true meaning of love. Nick, the narrator, sits back and observes the feedback from Mel who is confused and lost. The way Mel and his friends try to figure out what love truly means becomes far more perplexed from when the sun is shining brightly to when it goes down and the conversation reaches silence.
The sun is shining brightly through the window while the group of friends gathers around the kitchen table. The sun radiates joy in the room and sets the mood for the casual conversation about love. While engaging in conversation about the meaning of what “real love” truly is Mel imposes the thought of love being “nothing less than spiritual.” Terri thinks differently. The first bottle of gin is going around the table and they all seem to be in their right minds. Pretty soon the day will go by and the excitement of the conversation will fade away as the sun slowly goes down and leaves the room. Carver describes Terri’s relationship as abusive and that is how she thought love should be. She feels that love includes the role of being care-taker, and proclaims that her ex “didn’t have anyone else”. Terri thinks that love is a gamble and different people show love in different ways. A person should accept it in the way that it is given.
As the conversation progresses they dig out deeper thoughts about what love can possibly mean. The drinks continue and bits and pieces about the realization of love come about, and “their intoxication mirrors” which endows them to more confusion about the meaning of love and “inability to define it”. Sitting around a kitchen table discussing past relationships and what love is could be an everyday thing from some, but thing is they are all bewildered and while just sitting there the drinking gets much heavier, and the sun starts to drain out the room,...
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