Raymond Carver's short fiction and his life as a father and son

Raymond Carver’s short fiction contains fascinating parallels to his life. Carver’s childhood was inexorably shaped by the actions of his parents, especially his father, and these actions continued to influence him in adulthood, as he repeated many of the decisions of his father while experiencing the firsthand challenges and difficulties of fatherhood. This thesis explores how Carver’s fiction was dramatically shaped by these experiences and claims that Carver’s writing acted as a sort of catharsis, allowing him to come to terms with confusing feelings of hopelessness, disillusion, and powerlessness.