Raymond Carver's "Elephant" Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Raymond Carver's "Elephant"
An analysis of the main themes in Raymond Carver's "Elephant".
# 140500 | 1,250 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American)

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This paper explores the nature and style of Raymond Carver's simplistic writing and how it conveys the theme of rising above dependency and obsessions over materialism. The paper discusses how "The Elephant" represents the idea that no matter how entrenched one may be in financial and material woes, one should never give in to a life of obsession and dependence.

From the Paper:

"The writing style of Raymond Carver's short story entitled "Elephant" represents a simplistic, yet strong style of writing that is reminiscent of the great works of Earnest Hemmingway. There are several ways in which the writing style within Elephant harkens back to the stylistics of Hemmingway. Carver always sticks straight to the point; like Hemmingway he focuses on describing the action and minimizes his analysis of that action, (Bethea, 89). This is not saying that he does not analyze what his family is doing to him or what he is going through, but rather he presents his case simply and concisely so that the reader can naturally understand these feelings rather than having to engage in a long drawn out discussion of them, "I didn't hear from my former wife. I didn't have to. We both knew how things stood there," (Carver, 485). This is very reminiscent of Hemmingway's short and clear writing, as seen in his great works such as The Old Man and the Sea, and The Sun Also Rises, (Bethea, 90). What this style does is allow the reader to connect more on a personal level with the narrator, who remains unnamed throughout the length of the story. Although not every American has such needy and dependent family members, we all have experienced money problems with many of us knowing what it feels like to be taken advantage of."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bethea, Arthur F. "Raymond Carver's Inheritance fro Earnest Hemmingway's Literary Technique." The Hemmingway Review. 26(2): 89-104. 2007.
  • Carver, Raymond. "Elephant." Where I am Calling From. Vintage Publishing. 1989.

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