Jerry and Molly and Sam

I denne study guide kan du få hjælp til at analysere novellen "Jerry and Molly and Sam" af Raymond Carver. Udover analysehjælpen kan du finde et summary af teksten samt idéer til fortolkning og perspektivering. 

Præsentation af teksten

Titel: “Jerry and Molly and Sam” (1976)
Forfatter: Raymond Carver
Genre: Short story

Raymond Carver (1938-1988) var en amerikansk forfatter og digter. Han udgav adskillige digt- og novellesamlinger og betragtes som en af de største amerikanske forfattere.

Novellen "Jerry and Molly and Sam" blev skrevet i slutningen af 1960'erne, men blev først udgivet i 1976 i Carvers første novellesamling Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

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Symbols

The characters in the title could be symbolic of Al’s problems. Since Jerry is a bartender, he could symbolize Al’s drinking problem. Alternatively, since Jerry can apparently fix things, he is also symbolic of Al’s wish to fix his own life.  Molly, on the other hand, could symbolize his problems with women, especially his affair with Jill. Molly’s rejection also demonstrates to Al that fixing his problems will not be as easy as he expected. Molly’s suitcase could be symbolic of Al’s need to escape the situation he is in. While he is driving with Suzy, Al “wished he could keep driving and driving tonight” (p. 121, ll. 16-17).Sam, Al’s childhood pet, could represent Al’s lost past and a longing for a time when he did not have any worries. Sam is also associated with his mother and a desire to return to his childhood home, where he will no longer have any responsibilities.

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