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In the Raymond Carver story A Small Good Thing there are two very different views on life and these views are seen through two entirely different types of people Scottys parents and the baker have different lifestyles that set them apart from each other but also have different ways of viewing life and death Scottys parents Howard and Ann seem to live in a dream world where nothing can happen to them They are a middle to upper class family with Howards job as a cardiologist supporting the family Through reading the story it appears that they live in a bubble where nothing can happen to their well functioning family The greatest example of this would be the fact that they can not make themselves believe that Scotty is in a coma and is likely to die During this time they continue to believe the hospital workers that everything is going to be alright and that he is sleeping or needs his sleep They can not seem to either see or accept that their son is in a coma and dying No one even seems to show interest or care for when they find that Scotty is in the hospital and they do not visit him or call the family at any time The only person that seems to have a grip on reality and compassion for what they have gone through is the baker Another example of the lack of reality in the family is when Scotty is initially hit and he goes home Instead of Ann calling an ambulance she asks if he feels alright Victims of being hit by a car and look deadly when they go home are not usually healthy Ann lets Scotty fall asleep after the accident which anyone with commonsense knows that you can not do The only way Howard copes with things in his life is to drink some whiskey and suggest sleep Throughout the story Howard
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