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“They Started Up the Walk to Their Door. His Heart Moved When Hamilton Saw the Lighted Windows” in Spite of the Predicaments in Which He Places His Characters, Carver Suggests That It Is Possible for Human Beings to Find Contentment. Discuss. Essay

  • Submitted by: shanae
  • on September 6, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,216 words

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The majority of Carvers stories in his collection of short stories entitled “will you please be quiet, please?” are about a couple going through a financial, marital or identity crisis. Each of his stories has one major predicament in which his characters must try to overcome.
Though these predicaments are all consuming to the characters and the future looks confusing and dim to them, what the reader can see that protagonist/s may not is that Carver always provides his characters with a possible chance at achieving contentment in their lives.
“They started up the walk to their door. His heart moved when Hamilton saw the lighted windows.” A quote from the short story “Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes” is a perfect example of Carvers Protagonist, Hamilton, facing a predicament, a possible chance at contentment and then finally reaching that contentment.

Hamilton’s problem is the trouble his son has caused with his friends bicycle and the violent anger he feels towards his sons friends father Berman as a result of this trouble. Similar dilemmas are also present in stories “how about this?” and “Fat”.

Hamilton then gives himself a chance at happiness and contentment by choosing to leave before his violent actions become irreversible tragedies. These chances are also evident in stories “Neighbors” and “What Do You Do In San Francisco?”

And finally when he makes his way to his house and his heart lightens at the sight of the lightened windows as quoted, Hamilton reaches his contentment. He has had an awful day and done things he is ashamed of but his being cheered by the idea of going home to his family shows that while he is not living the perfect life, he is still content with the lot he has in it. This contentment is also found in “Signals” and “Night School”.

The story in which the dilemma of facing a predicament is made most obvious to both reader and characters is “How About This”. It is made especially obvious in the quote on Harry’s thoughts “He was,...

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  • Submitted by: shanae
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