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The adage goes Say what you mean and mean what you say however symbolism plays an important role in literature In Raymond Carvers Popular Mechanics details are used to symbolize the lives of the characters and the changes in their lives during and after the break up between the man and woman Carver uses four details as symbols in the story the dark and dreary details of the weather the womans picking up the picture the knocking down of the flower pot and the pulling on the babyThe dark and dreary details of the weather both inside and out Early that day the weather turned and Cars slushed by on the street outside where it was getting dark But it was getting dark on the inside too 238 represent the relationship between the man and the woman The weather turning is symbolic of the change in their relationship from good to bad The statement it was getting dark on the inside too 238 is representative of the feelings of the couple which are changing from those of happiness and enjoyment to those of hatred and angerWhile the weather symbolizes the relationship between the man and the woman the womans picking up the picture of the baby is also very symbolic In the story the picture was on the bed put there by the man When the woman entered the bedroom She noticed the babys picture on the bed and picked it up then stared at him the man before turning and going back to the living room 239 He responds Bring that back but she said Just get your things and get out 239 Her actions represent her strong desire to keep the baby Her unwillingness to give the man the picture of the baby shows that she doesnt want him to have custody of the baby as well as any contact with the babyWhile the couple were fighting they knocked down a flowerpot 239
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