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Raymond Carver’s ” What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” uses the interesting narrative choice of have a large portion of the story being the characters telling each other and discussing stories of their lives. This gives the impression that the characters are actual people who have lives and experiences. It also allows for the opportunity to discuss the different types of love and what even counts as love, as with Terri’s abusive ex-lover who kills himself. Carver also pays close attention to detail, such as describing the specific jewelry Terri wears and the details of Laura’s hand. This attention to detail allows the readers to visualize the characters which, in turn, gives them more life.

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