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Comparison between “Another Mystery” by Raymond Carver and “Out, Out-” by Robert Frost

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Comparison between "Another Mystery" by Raymond Carver and "Out, Out-" by Robert Frost The focus of both these poems is centred on life and death, on how in different stages of their lives people view death in different perspectives. It also shows life can be brought to a sudden abrupt end with no preceding warning. The poem "Another Mystery" is about a life of a man who describes his experiences with death throughout his life. He describes his perspectives on death and how he goes from, not knowing to hating and finally excepting death through different stages of his life. The poem is planned out very well with different verses representing each stage of a mans life (three in total). In the first verse he is a little innocent boy with death still an unheard off expression, ""This is the suit your grandpa is going to leave the world in." What on earth could he be talking about? I wondered." He also calls death "just another mystery" like most people would, while looking back at their childhood. ...read more.


He'd rather be playing around with other children of his age who are not forced to suffer such hardships. He might have also been working with other people and for other people, "I wish they might have said" and "Her sister stood beside them in her apron to tell them "Supper"", each time the words they/them is used meaning that there must be others working with the boy. The boy was probably day dreaming with a chainsaw in his hand when the word "Supper" was called out. The chain saw leapt out of the boy's hand, "as if to prove saws knew what supper meant" and cut the boys hand off. "The boy's first outcry was a rueful laugh", the boy hadn't really realised what he had done to his hand, but thought that it was just a minor injury. Then "he swung towards them holding up his hand, half in appeal, but half as if to keep the life from spilling" he holds onto his to try and stop himself from loosing it but to no effect. ...read more.


There had been many pointless deaths so people would've been used to such instances and learnt to pay no attention to them, otherwise they would only end up hurting themselves emotionally. There are many small similarities in comparison for both the poems. In "Another Mystery", each generation is joined together with a link of a suit. His grandfather was dressed in a suit at his funeral, so was his father (even though it was a just a "cheap sports coat and tie") and finally he had his own suite which he had picked up from the dry-cleaners at the end. In "Out, Out-" the word saw is mentioned in different contexts many times linking up different parts of the poem. Both the poems are focussed on life and death and how these subjects are viewed so differently by many people. They offer a wide insight into life and death and how life is very vulnerable. Children will always take life for granted because they do not know or realise what death is. Both the poems are widely based on maturing and realising how quickly life can end and how you should make the most of it while it lasts. By Kritank Gupta ...read more.

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