‘Why Don’t You Dance’ | Analytical essay | 10 i karakter


A middle-aged man has a yard sale where he sells off his belongings and furniture. Later, a young couple drives by, to take a look.

They look excitedly at the man's furniture and begin to imagine how they would be able to arrange themselves in a new apartment they’ve just purchased together.


Wandering, we hurry out the door in the morning. For a split second, we stop for a red light, staring incessantly at the passer-by, only to continue driving.

We work fast to get off work early, to quickly pick up the kids at kindergarten, and then hurry to the supermarket. We encounter destinies all day long that we only roam in our gaze direction.

But behind every human being, there is a living encyclopedia. In Raymond Carver's short story "Why Don't You Dance", the meeting between people is paramount.

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