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At times humans are helpless In many occasions it does not matter how strong or how important we are we feel weak and vulnerable When we are sick depressed or lonely we are helpless In Raymond Carvers story there are a number of things which point to the story talking about death and life the following quote illustrates this Slugs and I just gave them a dose of this he said raising a can of something that looked like Ajax Theyre taking over 34 In the story Sam points to the earthworms taking a can of Ajax to kill them I think that the slugs represent human beings Helpless Many times without a way out In addition the Ajax represents the different kinds of diseases which humans encounter The last line when Sam talks about the earthworms taking over to me refers to humans It tells or shows me how humans move into an area and they take over everything consuming all resources and moving into a new area Carvers story is about life It is about people and about the simplest things that people worry about in life Briefly the story talks about things which are not important However we tend to worry about them An example of this is the following quote from Carvers essay Cliffs breathing was awful to listen to His mouth gaped open and his arms hugged his pale chest He was taking up his side of the bed and most of mine 32 In the story both Nancy and Sam were not able to sleep They were worried about the simple and insignificant things of life Nancy was thinking about the sounds of the night her husbands breathing and his body position while sleeping this was a worry for Nancy On one side of the fence was Sam Sam was not able to sleep either Sam was worried about the earthworms in his garden Eating his plants
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