Perspectives

For this part of the study guide, we will focus on giving you some points aimed at helping you to put the short story “Why Don't You Dance?” by Raymond Carver into perspective.…

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Literary period

Raymond Carver is a leading author in the literary movement called Dirty Realism. As the name suggests, the works are realistic, but they focus more on the less fictionalized aspects of life a…

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Works with the same theme

The theme of relationships is often explored in literary texts. You might find it useful to look at short stories following this theme which belong to other literary periods.

For instance, “The End of Something” (1925) by Ernest Hemingway is a modernist short story focusin…

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Works by the same author

Raymond Carver was a prolific short story writer, and many of his stories are today inclu…

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Screen Adaptations

The short story “Why Don't You Dance?” has been adapted into two films so far, “Everything Must Go” direc…

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