Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes - A Textual Analysis

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Running head:BICYCLES, MUSCLES, CIGARETTES– A TEXTUAL ANALYSISBICYCLES, MUSCLES, CIGARETTES– A TEXTUAL ANALYSISName of the StudentName of the UniversityAuthor Note
BICYCLES, MUSCLES, CIGARETTES– A TEXTUAL ANALYSIS1Raymond Clevie Carver Jr. is one of the eminent writers of the genre of American poetryand short stories. The famous writer was born in the mill town of Clatskanie in Oregon. Theauthor is majorly known for the various compositions that depict the brevity and the intensity ofthe various compositions that have been penned down by the eminent author. The major worksof the author are undoubtedly the collection of short stories titledWill You Be Quiet, Please?,What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,Cathedral,Elephantand other such shortstories. The following essay deals with the textual analysis of one of the most celebrated shortstories of the writer,Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes, a part of the short story collectionWill YouBe Quiet, Please?(Carver, 2016).The short story in discussion,Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes, deals majorly with thethemes of conflict, connection and pride. The concerned short story opens with the EvanHamilton seated at the kitchen and in conversation with his wife, Ann who is joyous about thefact that her husband has quitted the bad habit of smoking cigarettes. The wife is depicted to betoo elated with the fact that her husband has got rid of the dangerous habit of smoking and isfound to be greatly elated about her husband’s quitting of the bad habit and is found to beexceptionally vocal about her happiness. However, the husband on the hand is still worried aboutthe fact that the smell of the cigarettes has still been existent in his hands even after he had takena shower. This has resulted in the conditions that depict to the reader the internal conflict that hasbeen going on in the psyche of the lead character, Evan Hamilton. The conflict majorly is due tothe fact that Evan has been finding it difficult to stay away from the smell of the cigarettes as ithas become a serious habit for the concerned person (Hodge, 2014). The author further uses thestingy smell of cigarettes when the short story nears its end in order to highlight the other areasof conflict that are profound within the given short story.
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