This study guide will help you analyze the text “Popular Mechanics” (also known as "Little Things") by Raymond Carver. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, themes and message and help you put the text in perspective.
Presentation of the text
Title: “Popular Mechanics”
Author: Raymond Carver
Published in: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” (collection)
Date of Publication: 1981
Genre: Short Story
Raymond Carver (1938-1988) was an American author of short stories and novels who belonged to the literary movement called Dirty Realism. His works are realistic and focus on marginal, often negative aspects of human nature. This short story was re-released in 1988 with the title "Little Things".
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