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Raymond Carver poet essayist and short story writer was very different from some other writers in that he clipped his writing until only the essential remained Carver not only acknowledged the effect that fiction could have on readers he proclaimed that it should affect readers Bonetti 58 Thus when Carver writes about intimate relationships the reader perceives the stories as more than entertainment or skillful language the reader relates to the characters situations and applies the knowledge to their own lives It is within this realm of character affirmation that Carver draws a much more elaborate and meaningful detail in his short stories I propose that Carvers characters either connect or fail to connect on an intimate spiritual level It is this difference in his short stories which either draw the reader into or away from the meaning These relations make certain writings in Carvers stories more interesting More directly it is the communion in his later writings and the disjunction in his earlier writings that distinguish the two types of styles Communion within the characters of Carvers later writings as in his collections in Cathedral create much more depth and interest in his stories It is within this scope of communion that Carvers stories seem to become more fulfilling with character affirmation Communion occurs in Carvers stories when several conditions are satisfied The difference in the two criteria communion and disjunction is simply defined Communion n 1 A sharing of thoughts or feelings 2 a A religious or spiritual fellowship Websters 141 It is a connection between characters which allows them to transcend the ordinary and redefine themselves A moment in which words actions and objects take on exaggerated significance Carver uses this bond between characters in his later writings more directly such as in his anthology Cathedral You must first initialize an intimate interaction between two or more characters who can communicate---either verbally or physically
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