Theme: You cant change that past, but only better the future
The protagonist is Carver Briggs, he is an anxious, conflicted, regretful character. He is also a dynamic character as the reader see's him cope with the death of his friends from the beginning to end. As well as being a round character throughout the story.
The antagonist is Judge Edwards, the father of one of the boys who was killed. He is a blameful, opinionated, and investigative character. He is a dynamic and round character as the reader see's his views about the accident change as well as his way of heart.
This theme is shown through the story, first as the three boys' funerals occur and Carver wishes he can take back his text and undo the crash(past) but he can't. As the story continues the reader see's Carver trying to improve his and the families of his friends future.
"The treetops are shrouded in mist, gray lace hanging tattered.Wind moves through branches with a sound like waves breaking on a beach." The author uses imagery to demonstrate how depressing and mournful this scene is to show the reader the mood of this scence.
"I wrote them out of existence.Where are you guys? Text me back.Not a particularly good or creative text message. But when they found Mars's phone(Mars was driving) with a half-composed text responding to me, just as I requested." The author uses irony to show the level of guilt Carver feels for most likely being the reason his friends died. It shows irony because Carver had known Mars would text him back right away.
Where are you guys? Text me back.
Zentner uses symbolism with the Goodbye Days Carver takes place in as a way to seek closure with his friends' deaths and their families.It represents closure, forgiveness and new beginning.