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This paper examines issues of alienation, self-identity, and hope as seen in Raymond Carver's short story, "Where I'm Calling From." The short story is about a struggling alcoholic who is on the brink of alienating everyone in his life. The paper also emphasizes the story's universal elements, demonstrating how people can move from one stage in life to another, struggling to discover or rediscover themselves. Additionally, the paper highlights how the themes of alienation and individuality recur in the story.The paper concludes by showing that this is also a story of hope, when it is implied that the narrator and J. P. might actually be able to enter the real world again and get their lives together.
From the Paper:"Where I'm Calling From" is also a story of hope. At the end of the story, we have hope that the narrator and J. P. might actually be able to enter the real world again and get their lives together. The story is structured in that dialogue becomes an important tool. The two men seem to draw strength from their conversations. Alienation is what drives some people to alcoholism and the conversations the two men have are not particularly fascinating but they are real and, to some extent, therapeutic. The author foreshadows this hope with J. P.'s mention of being rescued from a well. We read that he "suffered an kinds of terror in that well" (280) and can immediately elate that experience to the dark descent into alcoholism..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Carver, Raymond. "Where I'm Calling From." Where I'm Calling From: Stories. New York: Vintage Contemporaries. 1989.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
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