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Love is…?


I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making,not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.”

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Although the narrator, Nick, rarely spoke throughout the story, his silence suggested that he may understand love far better than those who spoke of love continuously.  The way he touched Laura’s leg while Mel scrambled to make sense of love seemed confident, as if he didn’t need to question it.  Mel, on the other hand, spoke about love more than anyone else in the story.  As he kept drinking, his thoughts became confused and unclear.  This indicated Mel’s struggle to understand love and how he is not sure of its true meaning.

Terri’s idea of love seemed to be the most disturbing.  She reiterated how much Ed truly loved her even though he beat her up and threatened her.  She was so certain that that was love, regardless of the outcome.  Laura doesn’t talk often throughout the story, but she was confident that she and Nick were truly in love.  It seemed that the two people who talked about love the most, Mel and Terri, were the ones who struggled with it the most.

One Response to “Love is…?”

  1. Katherine: Remember that you should consider the choices the writer has made that help create a successful story. How, for example, does Carver’s use of this particular first-person narrator shape the story?