Hi, I’m DV Blue. This is Crash Course Literature and today we’re going to talk about the works of Raymond Carver. -ghetto theme song- Raymond Carver was born on May 25, 1938 in
Oregon and grew up in a working class family He went on to follow the same path as his parents, working “blue collar” jobs. He married right after graduating high school and raised two kids with his wife at the mere age of 20 -wow- In addition to starting a family at an early age he had a drinking problem, smoked marijuana, and experimented with cocaine. The hardships he endured in his life transferred into his works. His stories usually involved characters that worked ordinary jobs. -interrupts- Like he did. -sighs with annoyance- Yes, Miss Red, like
he did. Despite all the adversities he faced, Carver still presented a sense of hope to
the readers in his stories. Yeah, I heard that his characters usually
overcame the obstacles they encountered. Some of his more famous works included his collection of stories which the movie “Everything Must Go” was based off of. He won the National Book Award for Will You
Please Be Quiet, Please? and five O. Henry awards for his outstanding works. One of Carver’s work, “Everything Stuck
to Him” tells the story of a young couple that married early and had a child soon afterwards.
The main conflict of the story reveals itself when the boy is made to choose between his friend or his family. The boy chooses his family after a period of contemplation and the young couple agrees to not fight over such matters again. Carver’s minimalist style and lack of quotation marks put a stronger emphasis on the content of the story and highlight the underlying theme of kin being more important than friendship. However, as his professional life flourished, his personal life tumbled downhill and his marriage ended. He married again in 1988 in Reno, Nevada with poet Tess Gallagher but was not able to recover his personal life. He died early on August 2nd, 1988, from lung cancer but his stories lived on in the American heart. His stories depicted real situations that people go through and ended with hopeful resolutions showing that one’s life does not end with each difficulty. The message of optimism he sends to the readers helped them realize that there will always be something look forward to in life. -points accusingly- Miss Red! What are you doing here?! -slams hands on table dramatically- GE T OUT OF MY CHAIR! -drags forcefully- NO! I’m the teacher now! -pushes with the power of Hulk-