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Many small and good things bring joy to our lives everyday Some small good things include anything from experiences objects and people In A Small Good Thing by Raymond Carver he re-introduces us to several small good things worth cherishing in this sad story of a young couple dealing with the tragic slow death of their young son He explores the human mistake of taking people for granted loved ones and strangers alike Passing over others as though they were nothing special generalizing their feelings while never noticing the mistake being made It allows us to see the damage of assumptions and the miracle of change The techniques Carver uses to show the arrogance of the characters are subtle to say the least The first instances where this occurs are in the opening paragraphs The mother is inside a small bakery ordering a birthday cake for her son She thought to herself of how the baker was not a jolly man and how he seemed uncomfortable Then she makes the worst assumption of the entire story As written in the book she thinks everyone especially someone the bakers age- a man old enough to be her father- must have children whod gone through this special time of cakes and birthday parties The baker realizes she is probably thinking what all of his customers assume he is a happy man He often feels taken for granted and he is right However the baker is not the only person the mother takes for granted The author is very careful in his word choice and he conveys his point well when allowing the mother to be herself In the same scene as earlier when ordering the cake for her son the mother never once uses her sons name He is referred to as the boy a term considered less than affectionate Why would a caring mother being considerate enough to buy a birthday cake not want to
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