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In William Gay’s short story “Closure and Roadkill on the Life’s Highway” the comment is made that “ten thousand dollars would put things in a whole other light...” (Gay 172)
This sparks the catalyst to the unlikely friendship of Raymer and an older supernatural-like man named Mayfield, leading to a journey for twenty thousand dollars that may or may not exist. Gay uses symbols, metaphors, character development, and much more to illustrate the struggles of learning when to let go of certain aspects of your life and how to achieve closure. In the beginning of the story Raymer is described as being “in more pain than he had thought possible.” (Gay 168) This is due to his High School sweetheart, Corrie, recently dumping him and moving on rather …show more content…
He offers Raymer the chance to acquire ten thousand dollars by scaling bluffs off the Tennessee River and searching for twenty thousand dollars in a cave that the old manclaims to have left the money in and promises to split evenly with Raymer. When climbing a particularly difficult bluff Raymer feels the need to stop halfway up and as he does he turns around and is greeted with the view of the “world…spread out in a panorama of such magnitude that his head reeled, and for a moment he did not think of Corrie at all.” (Gay 181) The view that Raymer is viewing gives him a glimpse of what is out there waiting on him and allows him to realize for at least a second that he has the whole world in front of him and that life is bigger than his and Corrie’s breakup; however, this is immediately followed by “an intense loathing, a maniacal urge to throttle [Mayfield] and wedge his body under a rock somewhere.” (Gay 181) This is partially due to Raymer not being ready for this type of epiphany. For so long he has held on to the idea of working to get Corrie back and now Mayfield has revealed to him that maybe that is not what he truly wants. When Raymer is face to face with his denial he feels this intense hatred towards the old man because he is the one that showed him his true feelings and he was not prepared to admit that he was actually mad at himself. This is the …show more content…
He arrives at her apartmentwith three dozen roses and tells her all about the old man and the hidden money and how he has been promised half of the twenty thousand dollars. He proclaims that he plans to “win [her] back” by using the money to run off with her to somewhere they can reconnect. She retorts that she thinks that he should get all of the money not only half of it as he is doing all the work and the one risking his life. This does not settle well with Raymer and Corrie is beginning to show her true colors and how greedy she is. As Raymer leaves her apartment he realizes that as she is kissing him that “her mouth did not taste the same as it had…and the odor of the roses had even saturated her hair.” (Gay 185) In this moment Raymer realizes that things can never go back to the way they had been before with Corrie because he now sees her in a different light. The roses having an “odor” that has seeped into her hair is a metaphor for their relationship that is no longer something beautiful and fresh, but instead it is now something that he sees as decaying and repugnant. He is realizing Corrie’s greed and that the only reason she is even considering getting back together with him is because of the money she believes that he is going to be acquiring. In this moment “an enormous sadness settled over [Raymer]” as he comes to terms with the fact that his relationship with Corrie is over

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