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is a kind of empty substitute for it that neither nourishes nor nurtures but distorts and confuses. He goes on, All of the characters are hungry for love, but love as we too often experience it in the contemporary world is a shallow substitute for the real thing. Being hungry for love is one thing, but doing something about that hunger is another. Carver uses the imagery of waning light and growing intoxication as a metaphor for our journey through life. During this journey, too many of us settle for love that is unfulfilling (alcohol), instead of waiting to find a truer form of love (food). Finally, Carver uses the gin bottle itself as a symbol that represents the way we pass around the term love in the modern world, without ever really stopping to examine what it means. The

point where Mel stopped and looked at the label closely as if studying a long row of numbers (443), illustrates his effort to understand, but he has become so drunk with alcohol (false love), that he fails to really grasp what he is looking at. In What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Raymond Carver examines the question of what love really is, and shows us that love in modern society as a throwaway commodity, is one of the greatest fallacies of our time. He attempts to get us to examine the question for ourselves, so that perhaps the concept of true love won t be lost or forgotten by the time our children s children head out to find love. He shows us that true love is about more than lust and comfort. It is about need, desire, longing, and intimacy of the sort that many of

us don t ever know. Perhaps by asking ourselves the question What do we talk about when we talk about love? we may discover that the love that many of us settle for isn t the love we really want. In order to be true to ourselves we need to stop drinking from the bottle of Moramarco s Serial, transient love, and start looking for something a little more nourishing. For without nourishment, we as people, and as a society, can t grow, and will fade away as surely as the setting sun that Carver so eloquently describes. Works Cited Carver, Raymond. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Literature And The Writing Process. Ed. Elizabeth McMahon, Susan X Day, and Robert Funk. New Jersey: Prentice, 1999. 437-444 Moramarco, Fred. Carver s Couples Talk About Love. The Raymond Carver

Web Site. Ed. Tom Luce. Sept. 1997. Whitman College. 26 Aug. 1999