Raymond Carver

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When the narrator dreams of riding on his father’s shoulders, he compares it to riding an elephant, which he associates with security and support. When the narrator has this dream, he’s feeling tremendous strain and…

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The narrator’s fantasy of changing his name and moving to Australia exemplifies the faulty way he thinks about his current situation. He believes that he has only two choices: he can continue laboring to…

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