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English 1302 5 February, 2018 “The Cobweb” by Raymond Carver “The Cobweb”, by Raymond Carver, is a short poem about the speaker’s soon-to-come death. Ultramarine, the series of short stories and poems from which “The Cobweb” comes from, consists of multiple poems with the theme of death and life. It is very common for people today to be uncertain of death and what it brings, and often are too reluctant to accept it. In “The Cobweb”, Raymond Carver expresses his own death, through the speaker, as an inevitability. Raymond Carver went through…

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Analysis and interpretation of

The Hair by Raymond Carver


Being a human, it’s a natural part sometimes to be affected and irritated by small unimportant things encountered in the daily life. But often, the reason one get annoyed can be connected to something that lies and boils and bubbles under the surface. In The Hair by Raymond Carver written in 1963, a hair in the mouth of a man gets the blame for his inner discomfort.

Raymond Carver conveys the theme dealing with small things in everyday life that affect us, through the way the characters act.


The Hair is about a man whose name remains unknown. Waking up on a sunny day with a hair that he cannot stop touching with his tongue between his teeth, he is irritated. He shares residence with his wife, who unfortunately, cannot see any hair in his mouth. Not being hungry and still having time before work, he decides to walk downtown.

Downtown on his way to work he gets irritated of two dogs pissing on the bus-stop sign.

Still unable of getting rid of the hair in his mouth, he asks the boss if he can go home. He promises to give him a call at 10:30 to tell how he feels, and goes home. On his way home he goes trough The Lion Park, where he watches playing kids and animals in zoo. When coming home his wife asks how he feels.

Telling her he doesn’t feel so well, he decides to go straight to bed. During the night he wake up from a nightmare, sweating and almost choking.


Because no one can see the hair that annoys our protagonist, there’s a kind of mystique about the hair. Because he’s the only one feeling the hair, one can believe that the hair can be linked to a psychological problem our main-character deals with. Also the fact that he during the day does some weird things, such as telling his boss that he feels unwell, and then goes to "The Lions Park" to watch animals and children playing and that he’s not hungry, also indicates some sort of .....[read full text]

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