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In Carvers story A Small Good Thing the tone appears to be that of sadness The story contains a few tones including bitterness pity and even love Despite this sadness seems to be the overpowering tone The following are the two situations that bring the sadness throughout the story There was a Negro boy in surgery last night Ann said He passed away said the nurse at the counter Carver Scotty honey its Mommy and Daddy she said Scotty The boy looked at them but without any sign of recognition His lips parted as his last breath was puffed through his throat and exhaled gently through the clenched teeth Carver This story deals with people dying lack of hope and unfortunate events that happen in life All of these events add to the intense sadness in the lives of the characters The baker tries in the end to give the family a sense of happiness or to ease the sadness brought on by the death of their son The theme in this story is that despite how bad life gets there is always hope or something that one can do that will bring forth a sense of happiness As the baker said Eating is a small good thing in a time like this Carver The baker tries to comfort the parents in their time of grief In one sense he feels the same pain of isolation as they do He is cut off from the outside world in his bakery yet he is able to feel their pain and help them As in life the story deals with the most painful of situations dealing with the loss of a loved one Just life reality many who are on the outside do not fully understand the pain of death until it happens to them yet they are able to comfort those in times of need
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