Is Short Story of The Bath about Unclear Communication?

Monday, April 8, 2019
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The Bath, is another short story written by Raymond Carver, an American writer. The story was about a boy, named Scotty who would have birthday. The boy’s mother, Ann Weiss orders the cake for her boy birthday party from a bakery shop.
Unfortunately, the birthday boy got accident while walking to the school. Then, the story, actually start from here.
In the story, Carver (1989) draws the unclear communication among boy’s mother, boy’s father, baker, and health providers. Boy’s mother did not understand why a technician should take her son blood.
When back home to bath, boy’s father did not understand about the cake and price of 16 dollars. 
Even complicated, when boy’s mother thought the baker ‘s call was a hospital call about her son fate. She confused why hospital ask US$16? 
Both boy’s mother and father do not understand how far the meaning of what doctor said, as written by Carver (1989), Doctor said that “nothing to worry about” (page.6) and their son will be fine. 

Fine of what? While their son still not wake up since the accident. They are fear and feeling of helplessness with Scotty’s condition. 

I need to read twice before I could understand the flow of this short story, it is because the writer “asks” the readers to make own conclusion on each character. There is symbol of communications through telephone that difficult to what its mean is in the context of story for readers. But, overall, the story is quite interesting to read.


Reference
Carver, R. (1989). The Bath. In What We Talk about When We Talk about Love. New York: Vintage Contemporaries. Retrieved from file:///C:/Users/Tanza/Documents/Tanza-UnivPeople/Sem08-Jan2007/English1102/Unit-02/Story-TheBathRaymondCarver.pdf

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  1. This sounds like a very interesting, but complex story, Tanza. I enjoyed your previous post about azaleas. Here in coastal North Florida, we have several varieties of them in the yard, most a bright, deep pink. The standard ones bloom in late winter or early spring, and having a few different kinds in means that when one stops blooming, another may start. Also, we have an encore azalea with red blooms that flowers two or three times a year. Finally, a lovely white azalea, which I think is a dwarf variety and was given to us as a house plant, but is doing very well in the yard, flowers every couple of months except in the hottest season.

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      I need to read twice before I could understand the flow of this short story, it is because the writer “asks” the readers to make own conclusion on each character. There is symbol of communications through telephone that difficult to what its mean is in the context of story for readers. But, overall, the story is quite interesting to read.

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  2. glad you found it interesting.

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      The Bath, is another short story written by Raymond Carver, an American writer.

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  3. Stories that can make cry when read.
    I am sure, the author of this book through his cleverness in arranging words into a storyline stirs the emotional reader.
    But I can't bear to read the boy in a coma for a few days ..

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      The story was about a boy, named Scotty who would have birthday.

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      The Bath, is another short story written by Raymond Carver, an American writer. The story was about a boy, named Scotty who would have birthday. The boy’s mother, Ann Weiss orders the cake for her boy birthday party from a bakery shop.

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  5. The boy lying there, presumed in a coma. That presumption is the thing that would upset me.... was he dead or, as stated, in a coma.

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  6. un racconto interessante, curiosa di sapere il finale

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      Then, the story, actually start from here.

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  7. Wow, what a birthday to remember!

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  9. Sounds like a very interesting story I love to read.

    Catherine

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  11. This sounds like a very interesting book, I have to check if there is the italian version as well!
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      Both boy’s mother and father do not understand how far the meaning of what doctor said, as written by Carver (1989), Doctor said that “nothing to worry about” (page.6) and their son will be fine.

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      Fine of what? While their son still not wake up since the accident. They are fear and feeling of helplessness with Scotty’s condition.

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