Raymond Carver and Flannery O'Connor Analytical Essay by serendipity

Raymond Carver and Flannery O'Connor
Presents a comparison between these two American authors.
# 49470 | 3,580 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 08, 2004 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison)

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Flannery O'Connor and Raymond Carver are two authors with very distinct styles. This paper shows how both authors focus on issues relating to the struggles of life and have characters who are outcasts of society in some way. It shows that the major difference with O'Connor's work is that there is a spiritual focus to her stories. The paper examines three short stories by Carver, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love," "Cathedral," and "A Small Good Thing," and three short stories by O'Connor, "Good Country People," "A Good Man is Hard to Find," and "Revelation."

From the Paper:

"Another major similarity in the stories is that they present the gritty details of life, and especially the darker aspects of the human experience. In Carver's stories there is a tendency to focus on presenting events realistically. The majority of his stories do not revolve around especially interesting events, but just focus on everyday events. "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" is a good example of this. The poker game, the drinking, and the conversations that take place are not examples of any special series of events. Instead, they just represent a realistic portrayal of a night in the lives of the characters. Even at the end of the story, there is no sense that anything has changed. Instead, the reader is left to assume that the characters are likely just to continue with their lives and have similar drunken conversations in the future."

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