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In the short story Popular Mechanics by Raymond Carver he shows the theme that when fighting you should not involve others They could get torn emotionally andor literally There are more than 100 divorces each year and the outcomes of many children are that 25 are having social academic or psychological problems This theme is starting to be introduced when the flower pot behind the stove was knocked down This symbolized how the relationship that was once there among the family has now knocked down as well In the very first paragraph Carver states that cars slushed by on the street outside where it was getting dark It was getting dark on the inside too This is foreshadowing that the mood of the story is going be gloomy Son of a bitch Im so glad youre leaving She began to cry You cant even look me in the face can you 1 This proves that the relationship among the man and the woman has gone downhill The man has clearly done something he is ashamed of because he cannot even look at the woman in the face What would you think he did Most people would say he cheated which is common reason for fights in many relationships Towards the middle of the story the baby is red-faced and screaming At this point in the story both the man and the woman are fighting over the baby This represents how the baby is being torn emotionally while the man and the woman are fighting In the very last line it states In this manner the issue was decided 2 At this point the baby was torn apart literally This is showing what fighting could do to a family It also shows how the family separates The baby symbolizes the heart in the familys relationship from the beginning and end of the story When fighting you should not involve your children They could get torn
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