Raymond Carver (what We Talk About When We Talk Ab

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Raymond Carver (what We Talk About When We Talk About Love)


Mel McGinnis of "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" seems like



that one guy that everyone seems to know. He stands out from others; he's unique. You



either love him or hate him. Mel is very much like one of my good friends. They are



both very individualistic and hey are both annoying drunks. They are both interesting



characters though. I think the author Raymond Carver created the character Mel based



off someone he knew. Carver created Mel for one reason or another.



Mel is just like one of my good friends. One day I like him; the next day I hate



him. People like this tend to get annoying to others around them. They are very



argumentative. My friend will argue forever and Mel is the same way. Mel is touchy and



does not seem to take a joke well. Despite these characteristics that frustrate most



people; Mel stands out. He seems to be a leader.



Mel is very individualistic. He is a Cardiologist who is always busy. This job



creates for good stories. Mel is telling stories throughout this whole story. He will start



to tell a story, get sidetracked, argue all of his points, and then go on to the story again.



He is constantly talking. It seems like there would not be much of a conversation between



Mel, his wife Terri, Nick, and Nick's wife Laura if it was not for Mel's constant babbling.



He surely leads the group. The problem is that he never clearly expresses his ideas. I



think that this is due to the Gin that they are drinking.



Mel seems to be drinking more than everyone else. He gets drunk, rambles, and



always seems to get sidetracked. The conversation from the beginning was brought to the



topic of love. Mel was married before his marriage to Terri as was she. The topic shoots



off towards Terri's ex-husband. Terri was in a marriage with an abusive husband named



Ed. She called it love; Mel called it insanity. Ed tried to kill Terri, and even threatened to



kill Mel. He ended up killing himself. Terri and Mel argued for a little over whether or



not Ed loved Terri. Mel thought not. That started Mel off on what love is. Mel thinks



that real love is nothing less than spiritual love. He explains that everyone is going to love



one way or another. He claims he loved Marjorie his former wife, but he mentions that he



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