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Talking about love What is love It may seem like a stupid question but on second examination it doesnt seem quite so stupid After all love is a feeling How can we really describe what a feeling is or means The meaning of any feeling can differ greatly between individuals and the meaning of love is no different In What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Raymond Carver weaves a tale of two couples examining what love is While Carver doesnt reveal any great truths about what love is he does make a statement about the nature of true love Carver makes the point that modern on-again off-again relationships have little to do with love True love is about needing someone so badly that its unbearable to think of life without that person There is a fine line between true love and obsession the former being one of the most wonderful feelings that humans can experience and the latter many times ending in tragedy Carver makes these points in the story through his use of subplot imagery and symbolism The most obvious technique Carver uses in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love to make his point is through the subplots in the story The subplots revolve around the two main couples in the story and another couple that is introduced by one of the characters near the end of the story The first couple Mel and Terri had been in very bad relationships before meeting one another They have been together for five years and married for four Mels marriage to his ex-wife Marjorie apparently ended on a very bad note Carver states near the end of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Shes allergic to bees Mel said If Im not praying shell get married again Im praying shell get herself stung to death by a swarm of
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