What we talk about when talking about love

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The story conveys messages interconnecting strategic dialogues with small gestures and charming. Ordinary settings are used to communicate broad themes. The characters make sincere attempts to examine the true meaning of love and human kinship by making simple word choices and interesting dialogues on the topic of love. The literary strength of dialogues The dialogues strengthen the intrinsic value of the story and the theme of masculine possession pervades throughout the story. Mel articulates about his desire to be reincarnated as a knight for their ladies (124). All through the story Mel is contemptuously aggressive towards Terri in his disposition, but Terri challenges his masculinity by correcting his vocabulary and enquiring sarcastically if he is too drunk or depressed and she keeps the conversation going in style. She is witty in her retorts and quips Modesty doesn’t become you, but Mel obscures her stinging words with gin to fulfill the demands of his ego that craves to drink more (124). The concept of changing forms of love is examined more thoroughly in different forms from carnal love and sentimental love which compete with his earlier assertion about spiritual love (120)…. Terri still holds undying love for dead Ed, but Mel stresses that if something happened to one of us…then the surviving party would grieve for a while…and love again (120). This shows that both of them do not see anything like nobility, let alone divinity, in their love-relationship. Love defies definition—each one sees a different horizon! Love is indeed a magical sapling and what type of fruit it will bear no one knows! For example Laura and Nick sincerely believe that they know what love is, but they are unable to provide a clear classification or explanation why they are sure about their convictions. They indulge in artificial details about love, like blushing and holding hands, but do not reveal something tangible about their love relationship and seem to have some hidden agenda, and they are unwilling to shun the mask. Terri has her unique style of defining love and defends her offensive ex-boyfriend, Ed, and certifies that he has truly loved her, despite his crazy style of expressing it. He beats her often, stalks and threatens and these disturbing trends, according to her, are pointers to prove his love. But like others she has problems to truly express her feelings. She is unable to find proper words for articulating her thoughts. Such cruel behavior is the proof of his true love, Raymond Carver argues. The progression of the theme of love is through prolonged discussions and aided by the visual advancement of time. For example the story begins with the sun slowly plummeting below the horizons and the couple continues to drink gin and discuss life and love. When the story concludes the light was draining out of the room, going back where it had come from (127) and again