Elephant

by

Raymond Carver

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The Narrator’s Daughter Character Analysis

The narrator’s daughter is another person whom the narrator financially supports. She lives with her two kids and deadbeat husband in a trailer, and she keeps telling the narrator that she just needs a little more money to get back on her feet. Eventually, the narrator’s daughter takes a job working long shifts at a salmon cannery, but she need money to pay a babysitter who can watch her kids all day. During her first day at the cannery, someone breaks into her trailer and steals all the furniture. Her husband is nowhere to be found, so she asks the narrator for more money to replace what was stolen.

The Narrator’s Daughter Quotes in Elephant

The Elephant quotes below are all either spoken by The Narrator’s Daughter or refer to The Narrator’s Daughter . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Elephant Quotes

Everything in the trailer. Every stick of furniture was gone when she came home from work after her first night at the cannery. There wasn’t even a chair left for her to sit down on.

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), The Narrator’s Daughter
Page Number: 396
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The Narrator’s Daughter Character Timeline in Elephant

The timeline below shows where the character The Narrator’s Daughter appears in Elephant. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Drudgery vs. Escape  Theme Icon
...sending money to a few other people. One is his ex-wife, and another is his daughter and her two kids. (full context)
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Guilt and Responsibility  Theme Icon
His daughter’s husband refuses to work, which enrages the narrator—he once threatened to kill his son-in-law, but... (full context)
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Next, the narrator gets a letter from his daughter. She knows that her dad needs a break, so she decides to take a job... (full context)
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Then, during her first night of work at the cannery, someone breaks into the narrator’s daughter’s trailer and steals all her furniture. She doesn’t even have a bed for her children... (full context)
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...and walks outside. He doesn’t bother to lock his door, despite what happened to his daughter, because he recognizes that the things in his house are expendable. He doesn’t actually need... (full context)
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Drudgery vs. Escape  Theme Icon
...that his son made it to Germany and found happiness there. He hopes that his daughter is doing okay, and he decides to write her a letter to wish her well.... (full context)