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In the short story The Third Thing That Killed My Father Raymond Carver explores the life of the town outcast Through the observations of a young boy and his father Carver tells the story of a man caught in himself and captures the true essence of a mans character and his conflicts Dummy the town outcast finds himself in a struggle to protect the one thing that makes him happy a school of black bass Carver comes up with three major conflicts which include man verses society nature and himself When Dummy gets his fish he further distanced himself from the community He has always been made fun of by coworkers and because he had no one to trust this gave Dummy a pretense for digging a deeper hole into his depression Well it made them kid Dummy the way he was always carrying everything Carl Lowe Ted Shade Johnny Wait they were the worst kidders of the ones that kidded Dummy Another reasons for Dummys introversion was his wife She was a women years younger and said to run around with Mexicans The lack of love at home and negative attention at work caused Dummy to shut society out The only friends Dummy had where his fish which he protected from the cruelties of society He protected the fish like no one had protected him yet he still loses them to a force that cannot be controlled or stopped It blew for five days and on the third day the river began to rise Shes up to fifteen feet my father said one evening looking over his newspaper Which is three feet over what you need to flood Old Dummy is going to lose his darlings Even though Dummy protects his fish from unwanted fisherman he cannot protect them and himself from forces of greater power the force of nature Another one of the conflicts in the story is Dummys
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