Upon recollection, she con- fides, You can be real, but you can be stronger than real; speeded-up, lighted- up. Carver's characters in the tale filled with disappointment, a sense that something has been lost between the two of them beyond Christmas presents and a happy holiday. A Serious Talk - Raymond Carver A Serious Talk Summary New Criticism Psychoanalytic analysis: narcissism, lust and oedius complex. I have a flute lesson at one oclock. Although Burts stealing and destroying, which pro- vide the main story action, seem irrational and bizarre on the surface, actually they exemplify natural, almost predictable behaviors. The near-inarticulateness of his characters in the face of this terror and loss is significant and has been a major point of contention among his critics. They are all drinking and discussing love in the kitchen.
It is also significant that Burt considers not only the house to be his, but the ashtray too. In any case, they are not very close at the moment. Its not knee-jerk violence: He is just making himself feel better with the mate- rials at hand: Partners tend to seek immediate comfort wherever they can find it, tak- ing temporary refuge while they work through their experience. Burt taking the ashtray is a way of telling Vera that he will be back. I also think the space in the story is a very good fit for Burt, who is the narrator. The idea of 'the day after' also has connotations of being 'hung over,' of feeling the effects of a night poorly spent.
Carver 165 Burt's drinking is an asocial act -- yet so is the betrayal by Vera that provokes it. The day after Christmas seems sad because of this sense of deflation, of a holiday lost for a year. His relationship to Vera is tense, as she is over him and he is still attached to her. This action or imagined action by Burt is important as not only is he attempting in his mind to put out the flames but he is also more importantly dominating Vera by lying on top of her. Again this suggests that Burt may be jealous of another man, coming into an environment which he still believes is his. Sometimes I'd wake up from one of them, my heart going crazy.
The speculation in the shop is that the animal went to die on a hard place. His basic aim is to reflect the facts and the dialogues between Millers. That the girl ever existed is attested to because she was saved or captured on film. A Serious Talk and The Calm by Raymond Carver Another version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at: - A Serious Talk Burt wants to have a Serious Talk with Vera. I just assume that they have been married and they are separated or even divorced now. She does not know how to stay away from the unhealthy communication, since it seems as if she teases him, letting him know that there is someone, and he is not the man of the house anymore.
Rejecting the more experimental fiction of the 60s and 70s, he pioneered a precisionist realism reinventing the American short story during the eighties, heading the line of so-called 'dirty realists' or 'K-mart realists'. They feel as though things should have been better than they were for Christmas, at least for the children's sake, and exhibit the physical and emotional scars of deflated expectations. Don't you see what I'm saying? Vera has established a new life with different friends and a new love interest, while Burt lives as though they are still together, not able to let go. It becomes clear to the reader that Burt is very naïve. So much about Bud and Olla's house is strange, epitomized by both the peacock and the ugly baby. Even the he fact that the pumpkin pie Burt threw outside on Christmas has not been removed suggests Vera's refusal to forget Burt's actions.
Vaughan 6 M 1 Suddenly, Burt performs the first two of his most bizarre acts: A small wax and sawdust log burned on the grate. I just said so 164-65. To repeat the days with the ovens endlessly full and endlessly empty. Carver also uses symbolism again in the story to suggest the idea of control. Burt is not psychot- ic; he is only comically, pathetically neurotic. Then he says that one of them is very sick. Ending a relationship is many times one person's decision.
One mem- ber of this dissolving marriage is irrationally-but comprehensibly-sure they need to have a serious talk soon while the other is intent on assuring that they never do. He married at 19, started a series of menial jobs and his own career of 'full-time drinking as a serious pursuit', a career that would eventually kill him. Feelings of jealousy surface and people choose different w Themes and message of A Serious Talk - Studienet. Understandably, joint possessions represent the relationship and all that transpired between the partners. There is also other possible symbolism in the story. Veras reaction is swift and certain: Son of a bitch! She is saved from insignificance as a person because she now has been made real in that she is a film star. The reader examines the envy that Millers experience towards the life of Stones.
Some say that Carver's characters are too ordinary, underperceptive, and despairing to experience the philosophical questions of meaning into which they have been thrust. Unable to identify him as the source of her misery, Ginny could not resist her father. Feelings of jealousy surface and people choose different ways to deal with this. Carver 164 Here was the vision of Christmas, the reader was suddenly assured and transported to. On this small endeavour he meets new people and tries to seek the approval of his dad.