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Cathedral by Raymond Carver - Cathedral: A Lesson for the Ages Raymond Carver’s short story, “Cathedral,” portrays a story in which many in today’s society can relate. We are introduced from the first sentence of the story to a man that seems to be perturbed and agitated. As readers, we are initially unsure to the reasoning’s behind the man’s discomfort. The man, who seems to be a direct portrayal of Raymond Carver himself, shows his ignorance by stereotyping a blind man by the name of Robert, who has come to stay with he and his wife....   [tags: Raymond Carver]
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A Small, Good Thing, by Raymond Carver - The short story, "A Small, Good Thing" by Raymond Carver tells of two American parents dealing with their son's hospitalization and death as the result of a hit-and-run car accident. The insensitive actions of their local baker add to their anger and confusion, yet by the end of the story, leave them with a sense of optimism and strength. With such content, Carver runs the risk of coming across as sentimental; however, this is not the case, and the anguish of the parents and their shock at the situation is expressed with dignity and understatement....   [tags: Raymond Carver]
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Raymond Carver Neighbors - Neighbors "Neighbors is a short story written by Raymond Carver in 1988. It is from the collection of short stories "Short cuts". The short story is in brief about the married couple Bill and Arlene Miller, who lives opposite the married couple Harriet and Jim stone. Bill and Arlene constantly see themselves in the light of the Stones' happy life. Bill is a bookkeeper and Arlene is a secretary, while Jim is a salesman for a machine-parts firm. In the story the Stones are going on a business trip combined with a family trip....   [tags: Raymond Carver] 1976 words
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Raymond Carver's Neighbors -      In Raymond Carver’s “Neighbors” the speaker’s attention seems to be more directed on the Bill and Arlene Miller. The Millers are a married couple who were once a happy couple but as the years went along they felt grew apart. It seems as though they are too busy comparing their lives to the Harriet and Jim Stone, which are their neighbors, that they don’t have time to fix their marriage. The Stones do what married people should do and that’s “go out for dinner, or entertaining at home, or traveling about the country somewhere…(70).” The Millers are given the responsibility of looking after the Stones apartment for ten days, while they are on a pleasure trip....   [tags: Raymond Carver]
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Metamorphosis of the Narrator in Cathedral by Raymond Carver - Metamorphosis of the Narrator in Cathedral by Raymond Carver A metamorphosis is an act of change or a transformation from one thing to another. Most associate a metamorphosis with the process in which a caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly. However, metamorphoses occur in humans as well. Cathedral is a story of man, the narrator, who experiences a life changing metamorphosis in an unexpected manner. The narrator is first introduced to the reader as an insensitive and ignorant man, and he reveals these characteristics in many ways throughout the majority of the story....   [tags: Cathedral Raymond Carver] 1097 words
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Cathedral by Raymond Carver - Cathedral by Raymond Carver In Raymond Carver?s ?Cathedral?, the conventional ideas often associated with blindness and sight are challenged. By juxtaposing his two male characters, Carver is able to effectively explore sight and its seemingly simplistic relationship with learning and knowledge. As well, he addresses the barriers imposed by the human tendency to rely on vision as the sole means of experiencing the world. At the beginning of the story, the narrator?s perception on blind people as individuals who ?moved slowly and never laughed....   [tags: Papers Cathedral Raymond Carver Essays]
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Cathedral by Raymond Carver - The story of Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, shows that you do not have to see someone or something in order to appreciate them for who or what they are. It is about a husband, the narrator, and his wife who live in a house. The wife, whose name they do not mention, has a very close friend who is blind. His name is Robert. Robert's wife dies, and comes to their house to spend a couple of days with the narrator and his wife. The narrator, whose name they do not mention as well, is always on edge because he does not really know Robert very well and he does not like blind people, but he is being friendly for his wife's sake....   [tags: Cathedral Raymond Carver Book Analysis] 1306 words
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Raymond Carver's Cathedral - The narrator in Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" has two fully functional eyes, in which he chooses never to use to their full potential. The eyes of the narrator are biased, insecure, jealous, and very limited in what they choose to see. This inability to see is made apparent when he is forced to meet and converse with a blind man. The narrator's perception of the world around him, and blurred vision, is resolved by a great irony in the story when Roger helps the narrator see past his prejudice outlook on life....   [tags: Raymond Carver Papers] 834 words
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The Cathedral by Raymond Carver - "Cathedral" is a short story ultimately about enlightment, finding something more meaningful and deeper with in one self. Although from an observing point of view nothing more in the story happens then a blind man assisting the narrator in drawing a cathedral. Although as known, the narrator's experience radically differs from what is actually "observed". He is enlightened and opened up to a new world of vision and imagination. This brief experience will have a life long effect on him. The reason for this strong and positive effect is not so much the relationship made between the blind man and the narrator or even the actual events leading up to this experience, but rather it is mostly due t...   [tags: Analysis Cathedral Raymond Carver] 996 words
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Through the Eyes of the Blind in Cathedral by Raymond Carver - Through the Eyes of the Blind in Cathedral by Raymond Carver You can never seem to know what's going on in another ones life, unless you put your feet in there shoes, so to judge, is simply ignorance. Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" is a story about how the narrator is uncomfortable with having his wife's blind friend, Robert, over. Roger has lost his wife, and to cope with her death, he planned to visit the narrator's wife. Without any knowledge whatsoever on how to act in accompany towards a blind man, the narrator seems to get a glimpse of what it is to truly fit into the blind mans shoe. The narrator starts his story very unenthusiastic about Roger's visit....   [tags: Raymond Carver Cathedral]
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The Character of the Husband in Raymond Carver's Story Cathedral - The Character of the Husband in Raymond Carver's Story "Cathedral" In Raymond Carver's "Cathedral," the husband's view of blind men is changed when he encounters his wife's long time friend, Robert. His narrow minded views and prejudice thoughts of one stereotype are altered by a single experience he has with Robert. The husband is changed when he thinks he personally sees the blind man's world. Somehow, the blind man breaks through all of the husband's jealousy, incompetence for discernment, and prejudgments in a single moment of understanding....   [tags: Raymond Carver Cathedral] 1110 words
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Raymond Carver's Cathedral - Raymond Carver's Cathedral Raymond Carver utilizes his character of the husband, who is also the narrator, in his short story "Cathedral." From the beginning of the story the narrator has a negative personality. He lacks compassion, has a narrow mind, is detached emotionally from others, and is jealous of his wife's friendship with a blind man named Robert. He never connects with anyone emotionally until the end of this story. At the beginning of the story the husband is telling of a blind man coming to visit him and his wife....   [tags: Raymond Carver Cathedral Literature Essays] 1088 words
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Robert Altman's Film Adaptation of Raymond Carver's Short Cuts - Robert Altman's Film Adaptation of Raymond Carver's Short Cuts The characters in Robert Altman's film adaptation of the Raymond Carver anthology Short Cuts think they're islands entire of themselves. They suspect their lives and their worlds of isolation, alienation, separation, in multiple senses of the words. They fail to see, or perhaps purposely ignore, connections between themselves and those around them, between their actions and the ramifications of those actions. And while a typical director of a slice-of-life work might be content to show all these people in their ignorance of connections, what makes Altman's final product so marvelous is the way he toys with them, and the commen...   [tags: Raymond Carver Short Cuts]
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Disjunction versus Communion in Raymond Carver's Short Stories - Disjunction versus Communion in Raymond Carver's Short Stories Raymond Carver, poet, essayist, and short story writer, was very different from some other writers in that he clipped his writing until only the essential remained. " Carver not only acknowledged the effect that fiction could have on readers, he proclaimed that it should affect readers."( Bonetti 58) Thus, when Carver writes about intimate relationships, the reader perceives the stories as more than entertainment or skillful language; the reader relates to the characters' situations and applies the knowledge to their own lives....   [tags: Raymond Carver Spirituality Short Stories Essays]
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver - What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver The short story What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, by Raymond Carver, is about two married couples drinking gin and having a talk about the nature of love. The conversation is a little sloppy, and the characters make some comments which could either be meaningless because of excessive alcohol in the bloodstream, or could be the characters' true feelings because of excessive alcohol in the bloodstream. Overall, the author uses this conversation to show that when a relationship first begins, the people involved may have misconceptions about their love, but this love will eventually die off or develop into something much mo...   [tags: Raymond Carver Love Relationships Essays] 956 words
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The Lives and Works of Raymond Carver - With a unique and brilliant style of writing, Raymond Carver has left a lasting and outstanding impact on the history of short stories. Even though Raymond Carver left a long impact, his life was of the opposite. Like Raymond Carver’s famous award winning stories, his life was short. Raymond Carver was born on May 25th, 1938 in Clatskanie, Oregon, a mill town on the Columbia River. Carver grew up in Yakima, Washington. Carver had three members to his small family, his mother, his father, and brother....   [tags: literature, writing]
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Prejudices in Cathedral by Raymond Carver - Is intimacy with one person sufficient. The answer is no. In life, we must have several relationships on all levels. It is not to say that we should go out and have affairs behind our loved ones, but we should make personal connections with others to help us grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. Otherwise, we remain static showing little development in ourselves. In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”, the narrator fails to see this point and thus becomes jealous of his wife who has a strong emotional connection with a blind man....   [tags: conflict, irony, symbolism] 1259 words
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Blindness in Cathedral by Raymond Carver - ... These events can infer that their marriage is unstable and the wife is potentially attempting to seek attention or a stronger emotional connection from Robert because she does not passionately connect her husband. The husband expresses resentment against Robert, but during his visit he changes his opinion about him. Throughout Robert’s visit, the husband attempts to become more acquainted with being around a blind man and realizes that he actually enjoys Robert’s company. Therefore, the history and appearance of the Cathedral allows the husband to experience being blind by taking out the time to communicate with Robert on a sympathetic level....   [tags: literature, isolation, robert] 820 words
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Raymond Carver and his Works - ... They say behind every great man is a great woman and when Tess Gallagher married Raymond Carver that statement could not be any more true. According to William, Stull and Maureen Carroll in “American Short-Story Writers Since World War II” the relationship was a huge growth for both parties: “For Carver the first fruits of the union were two contrasting books of stories. In 1981 he published his so-called minimalist masterpiece What We Talk about When We Talk about Love, a book in which the astringent voice and vision reflect the bleakness of his alcoholic years....   [tags: American short story writer] 1396 words
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Blindness in Cathedral by Raymond Carver - In the story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, it tells of how a blind man is open to new experiences and how he views the world compared to the husband (narrator) who is blinded by the material things of life. The husband is given the gift of sight but the true gift comes from seeing the cathedral. At the beginning of the story, the husband’s outlook on others is filled with stereotypes, discrimination, insecurities and prejudice. After interacting with Robert, his wife's friend, his outlook begins to change significantly....   [tags: discrimination, marijuana, stereotype ] 596 words
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Stereotypes in Raymond Carver's Cathedral - ... He doesn’t know what to say and resorts to “Which side of the train did you sit on, by the way?” Robert answers, but the wife is shocked that her husband asked. Obviously neither side of the train would have the best view for the blind man. Even though the wife expected the husband to be nicer, more sociable, respectful, and excited to see Robert and have him staying with them, the husband acted more like the subjects from “The ill-treatment of employees with disabilities in British workplaces.” While he was expected to interact positively with Robert, he still acted discriminatorily and negligently towards the blind man....   [tags: character analysis]
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The Cathedral by Raymond Carver - ... Nevertheless, their marriage was unwell. The narrator remarked that "[his] wife and [him] hardly ever went to bed at the same time"(9). On the other hand, Robert also loved his wife, Beulah, but unlike the narrator and his wife, he and his wife were "inseparable"(3). When "[Beulah] died in a Seattle hospital room, [Robert was] sitting beside the bed and holding on to her hand." The relationships that most explicitly compare the narrator and Robert are those between the narrator's wife and the two main characters....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1296 words
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Cathedral by Raymond Carver - What would one expect from a loving husband who has to share his home with a complete stranger. Would one expect to be welcomed with open arms or be met with a blinding cloud of jealousy. In Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral” a distraught and confounded husband has an ignorant and envious view of his wife’s timeless friend. According to the narrator, he “wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit” (32) and “being blind bothered him” (32). The narrator is so hostile to the idea of a visit from Robert because he is blinded by jealousy, anger, and confusion....   [tags: mentally blind, jealousy, short story]
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Cathedral by Raymond Carver - The views we have are what shapes us. Sometimes we have vast knowledge of certain ideas. Other times we are limited in what we can understand. We are given the choice of finding out more of said idea or choosing to remain as is. Cathedral by Raymond Carver is a story that gives us a look into what it is like to have a our views changed through experiencing them first hand. We are introduced to the story by narration from the main character and gives the reader a brief summary of how his wife and the blind man met....   [tags: short story analysis] 737 words
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Cathedral, by Raymond Carver - Raymond Carver, in his short story Cathedral uses a first-person narrator, whose point of view is very much limited and flawed. The narrator in Cathedral has full use of all his senses, unlike the blind man, Robert, who is introduced very early in the story. When comparing the two again, however, Robert is the character that is open to new ideas and willing to experience the joys of life, while the narrator limits himself due to his close-minded thinking. It brings up the question, who is truly blind in the story....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Character Comparison]
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Cathedral by Raymond Carver - Raymond Carver, the author of “Cathedral” uses characterization to describe the main character, the narrator’s development in the story upon meeting a blind man. This blind man, Robert, unintentionally changes the narrator’s perspective on life and on himself. The narrator first starts off as an arrogant, close minded individual who later opens his mind and is introduced to new perspectives of life. The most important element used in this writing is characterization because it makes the reader change perspectives on how the narrator develops throughout the story and deeply goes into a lot of detail to support the narrator’s development....   [tags: characterization, story and character analysis] 837 words
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Cathedral by Raymond Carver - This essay is going to be about “Cathedral” which is a short story written by Raymond Carver. Cathedral is simply the narrative of a man and his acceptance and understanding of a blind man. The man himself is a symbol of the overlying theme of the story, which is overcoming one’s personal prejudice. Throughout the story the narrator shows that he has a predetermined mindset of what a blind man is, his struggles, and his lifestyle. The author shows that the narrator’s stubbornness affects both his relationship with his wife, and his personal evocation of emotions....   [tags: short story analysis] 689 words
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Popular Mechanics by Raymond Carver - Popular Mechanics by Raymond Carver Works Cited Not Included Typically a story begins with an exposition, which introduces the characters, setting and plot. In the short story ?Popular Mechanics. by Raymond Carver, the exposition is excluded. The story begins with a short rise in action, moves quickly to the climax and totally omits the resolution. Carver uses third person objective narration to reveal the actions and the dialogue between a man and a woman. The narrator gives very little descriptive details, never revealing the characters....   [tags: Papers Popular Mechanics Carver Essays] 729 words
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Themes in Raymond Carver's Literature - Themes in Raymond Carver's Literature In Short Cuts, by Raymond Carver, characters experience trials and problems in their lives, whether extreme such as in " A Small, Good Thing" and "Lemonade" or nominal such as in " Vitamins". They all seem to depict these struggles as uphill battles which the characters cannot and mostly do not overcome. The characters throughout Carver's "Short Cuts" struggle through their lives in private desperation, often to ultimately realize that they are bound to the truth of who they really are, which is shown in the story "Neighbors." In "Neighbors", Bill and Arlene Miller are a couple with menial jobs who give credence to the saying "the grass is greener on...   [tags: Papers Carver Short Cuts Essays]
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Raymond Carver's Develpment - “Raymond Carver, an American writer now in his mid-forties, has been writing stores for some years that, on a smaller emotional scale, create similar effects" (Howie 1 ). Carver was born in Clatskane and yet he graduated from Humboldt State College. He's been marred before and divorced as well. He also suffers from a serious condition of alcoholism. During his childhood, he wrote poems while working for odd jobs which included janitor, deliverymen. He dies at the age of fifty due to cancer. One of his bestselling short stories was Cathedral by Raymond Carver....   [tags: American writers]
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Raymond Carver's Cathedral - In Raymond Carver's short story, "Cathedral", we follow along with the narrator as he unknowingly describes his own prejudice , in which he is kept from appreciating more than can be seen and ultimately begins to understand that he is the one who is blind and unfulfilled through his interaction with a blind man. The metaphors of the bound men, found in Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave", can be related to the ignorance and prejudice of the unfulfilled narrator of "Cathedral", as the bound men suffer from a literal blindness and the narrator of "Cathedral" suffers from a metaphorical blindness, both of which will keep them from the truth and skew their perception of reality....   [tags: prejudice, blindness, substance abuse]
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Alcohol and Marijuana in Catherdral by Raymond Carver - ... The main chemical in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which moves quickly through the bloodstream and to the brain, causing mild hallucinogenic effects. THC binds with cannabdnob receptors and activates neurons, which causes adverse effects on the mind and body. THC can mimic or block actions of neurotransmitters and interfere with normal functions. Marijuana use can lead to disturbed thoughts and can worsen psychotic symptoms. The short-term effects of marijuana include impaired coordination; skewed sensory and time perception; difficulty with thinking; shortened attention span and distractibility; impaired learning and memory....   [tags: life, use, consume, substances, feel] 956 words
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Imagery and Symbolism in Cathedral, by Raymond Carver - In the short story, Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, the author uses imagery, symbolism and narrates the story in first person point of view. The Cathedral’s main theme is being able to identify the difference between being able to look and/or see and it is portrayed through the main characters role in the story. Carver uses a unique style of writing which gives the short story a simple way for the reader to understand the story’s theme. This story is about how the narrator is unable to see what life is really giving him and finds it through a blind man’s eyes, the friend of his wife....   [tags: literary analysis, metaphor, cathedral]
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Blind Faith in Raymond Carver's Cathedral - Blind Faith in Raymond Carver's Cathedral      In the story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, the main character, goes through a major personal transformation.  At the beginning of the story, his opinions of others are filled with stereotypes, discrimination and prejudice.  Through interaction with his wife's blind friend Robert, his attitude and outlook on life changes.  Although at first he seemed afraid to associate with a blind man, Robert's outgoing personality left him with virtually no choice.  During Robert's visit, he proved to be a normal man, and showed the speaker that by closing his eyes, he could open his mind....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]
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Analysis of Carver's "What We Talk about When We Talk about Love" - Love cannot be defined in one sentence or even a paragraph. Every human has his or her own definition of love because people usually define love based on their cultures, backgrounds, social classes, educations, and their societies. In this essay, the main point will be the different kinds of love that Carver illustrates in his story “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love.” In Carver’s story, there are some points that I can relate to my personal experience. There are a few characteristics and symbols in the story that are really important to understand in order to define what a real love is and find the intention thrown out the story....   [tags: Raymond Carver] 1632 words
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Unattainable Dream in Carver's Neighbors - An Unattainable Daydream In a world full of cheaters, liars, and con artists, the last person anyone should lie to is themselves. However, that is exactly what took place in Raymond Carver's, "Neighbors." In this story, Bill and Arlene Miller were left with the opportunity to take care of Jim and Harriet Stone's apartment while they were away visiting family for ten days. The Millers had grown weary of their lives and often felt jealous of their neighbors, who they felt lived a happier and more exciting life than they....   [tags: Raymond Carver] 1049 words
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Raymond Carver's A Small Good Thing - Raymond Carver's A Small Good Thing Raymond Carver's "A Small Good Thing," a short story that has to do with the lack of interaction and empathy between the baker, Ann and Howard, the finale where the baker is startled to find out about the child's death, asks for mercy and presents them warm cinnamon rolls telling them that "Eating is a small, good thing in a time like this" and they are comforted, reveals particular significance of the title in terms of the story's theme. Also, Raymond Carver's "Cathedral," a story that starts with an ignorant and rude narrator whose wife has called a blind friend to spend the night at their home and according to Carver, "A blind man in my house was not...   [tags: Comparative Literature Carver Small Good Essays]
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Raymond Carver's Cathedral - The husband in Raymond Carvers “Cathedral” wasn’t enthusiastic about his wife’s old friend, whom was a blind man coming over to spend the night with them. His wife had kept in touch with the blind man since she worked for him in Seattle years ago. He didn’t know the blind man; he only heard tapes and stories about him. The man being blind bothered him, “My idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs. A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to....   [tags: Character Analysis, Literary Essay]
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The Life and Work of Raymond Carver - The Life and Work of Raymond Carver       In private desperation, Raymond Carver's characters struggle through their lives, knowing, with occasional clarity, that the good life they had once hoped would be achieved through hard work will not come about. In many ways, Carver's life was the model for all of his characters. Married to Maryann Burk on June 7th, 1957, at nineteen, and having two children by October of 1958, the Carvers' life was decided for years to come. Early on, Carver felt, along with his wife, that hard work would take care of nearly everything....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Blindness in Raymond Carver's Cathedral - Blindness in Raymond Carver's Cathedral Blindness creates a world of obscurity only to be overcome with guidance from someone willing to become intimate with the blind. Equally true, the perceptions of blindness can only be overcome when the blind allow intimacy with the sighted. Raymond Carver, with his short story Cathedral, illustrates this point through the eyes of a man who will be spending an evening with a blind man, Robert, for the first time. Not only does this man not know Robert, but his being blind, "bothered" (Carver 98) him....   [tags: Papers] 888 words
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Summary of Raymond Carver's Cathedral - In Raymond Carver’s story, “Cathedral,” the story tells of how a close outside relationship can threaten a marriage by provoking insecurities, aggravating communication barriers, and creating feelings of invasion of privacy. The husband in the story is given the gift of seeing the cathedral through a blind man’s eyes. Although the title suggests that the story is about a cathedral, it is really about two men who come together and share a vision and realize it is he who is blind. As the story begins, the character of the husband has a negative personality....   [tags: essays research papers] 486 words
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Raymond Carver with Cathedral and John Updike with A&P - Raymond Carver with “Cathedral” and John Updike with “A&P” “Cathedral” and A&P both short stories written during the same century. But even though they both introduce stereotypical characters that somehow change their view of the world, they have many more different aspects. The stories differ in atmosphere and the quantity of people involve in each story. The story “Cathedral” only took place in a family house with only the husband, wife who can be qualified as a static character tried to kill herself in the past, and finally the blind man....   [tags: Stories, Literary Analysis, Comparisons]
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Cathedral: Blindness of the Non-Blind - Prejudice is an issue that is present in communities around the world due to diversity in race, religion, sexual orientation, lifestyles and physical disabilities of others as well. However, sometimes it just takes a life changing moment for one to realize that he or she should not discriminate against others just because of their appearance or beliefs. In the story “Cathedral”, author Raymond Carver writes about a man who is prejudging towards his wife’s blind friend, Robert, who will be visiting the couple....   [tags: Raymond Carver] 1236 words
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Inability to Interact with Others in Raymond Carver's Cathedral - In Raymond Carver's Cathedral “appear...extreme versions of insularity,from a husband's self-imposed confinement to a living room in 'Preservation' to another's pathetic reluctance to leave an attic garret in 'Careful'” (Meyer). One of Carver's chief goals in cathedral is to criticize people who fail, in one way or another, to communicate with society. In almost every short story, the main character suffers from insularity due to a horrible event in his or her life, alcoholism, or a failure to consider others' thoughts and feelings....   [tags: Cathedral Essays] 2435 words
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Themes in A Small, Good Thing by Raymond Carver - ... Isolation continues throughout the story and begins to be more prominent. For example, the driver from the hit and run, who leaves the scene, is never mentioned again throughout the story. From this Ann and Howard have a limited perception that they can never really get rid of. Also, another example that influences the theme is when the men on the elevator are speaking another language. This gave me a sense that the author was trying to suggest that we as humans cannot understand each other....   [tags: Connectedness, Tragedy, Loneliness] 655 words
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Looking Beyond the Surface at Raymond Carver's Cathedral - ... For example, even though Robert cannot physically see the narrator’s wife, he understands her a lot more than her husband. He has truly listened to her during the past ten years on the audiotapes she sends him. The only interactions shown between the narrator, the protagonist, and his wife are short exchanges in which he seems to get on her nerves. It is demonstrated in this conflict by Robert, the antagonist, that seeing involves a lot more than just looking. Another example of the narrator’s inability to see beyond the surface is the statements he makes about Robert’s appearance when arrives....   [tags: blindness, communication, drawing] 645 words
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Alcohol Viewed Through the Eyes of Raymond Carver - Alcohol Viewed Through the Eyes of Raymond Carver      Some people feel that alcohol is a substance that can be used to escape reality and live in a world where there are no dilemmas or problems that must be solved. Whether the alcohol is abused or just used in moderation, many people are drawn to the several aspects it has to offer. One example of someone who follows these characteristics is the very famous and talented writer, Raymond Carver. Raymond’s use of alcohol is clearly displayed not only through his writings, but in his daily lifestyle....   [tags: Drinking Alcohol Alcoholism Carver Author essays] 744 words
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Boxes by Raymond Carver - ... She blames everyone for her problems except for herself. She boxes her true reality in and creates a fake reality for herself to help her deal with her problems. Upon deciding to move and the realization that she cannot even sustain a relationship with her son, the author insinuates that she succumbs to the idea of committing suicide. She asks her son to “come and eat with me once last time” (582). This alludes to the idea that this will be their last meal together because of her impending death rather than because of her moving....   [tags: short story analysis] 1135 words
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Literary Devices in Carver's Cathedral - Upon reading Raymond Carver's short story of the Cathedral one will notice the literary devices used in the short story. When analyzing the story completely, one then understands the themes, motifs, metaphors, and the overall point of the piece. This leaves the reader with an appreciation of the story and a feeling of complete satisfaction. Carver tells the story in first person of a narrator married to his wife. Problems occur when she wants a friend of hers, an old blind man, to visit for a while because his wife has died....   [tags: Raymond Carver, irony] 1505 words
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Raymond Carver's Boxes - Raymond Carver's Boxes There are many types of relationships, though all are complicated and both parties of the relationship must bend over backward for one another. In Boxes, Carver shows how difficult it is for the son to cope with bringing closure to his mother’s relationship though he still loves her. The mother moves to be near her son; however, she starts packing to move again a while later; not finding the relationship she once had with her son. Through the short story “Boxes,” Raymond Carver makes evident the difficulties of bringing closure to a relationship....   [tags: essays papers] 1503 words
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Carver's Cathedral - The narrator, or storyteller, of Raymond Carver's short story "Cathedral" opens by saying, "This blind man, an old friend of my wife's, he was on his way to spend the night." The narrator goes on to explain that after the blind man's wife died while visiting her relatives in nearby Connecticut, he had called the narrator's wife from his in-laws' and made arrangements to visit. The narrator admits he is not excited about the visit. "He was no one I knew. And his being blind bothered me. My idea of blindness came from the movies....   [tags: Raymond Carver] 1903 words
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Raymond Carver’s Cathedral and Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son - Generally considered that the American Dream consists of a healthy family, a well-paying job and a sturdy home. A lot of people dream about it and use all their opportunities to achieve it. However, the socioeconomic situation of the United States is an obstacle to this ideal. The characters who inhabit Raymond Carver’s Cathedral are blue-collar Americans confused and illusioned by the hollow image of an American dream they see on the TV screen every night. Denis Johnson’s protagonists, however, have never heard of an American dream, and are certainly not devoted to achieving it; their lives slip by a state of alcoholism and drug use and futures become brutally shapeless....   [tags: Cathedral, Jesus’ Son] 2101 words
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A Small Good Talk: Communication in Raymond Carver’s Stories - A Small Good Talk: Communication in Raymond Carver’s Stories Raymond Carver’s characters are the normal average blue collared workingman. They lead a normal life, just simply going through the motions of everyday life. There is nothing special about each of Carver’s characters they mindlessly go through life without any drive. Carver’s characters communication play a huge part in forming their existence. Communication in Carver’s characters are emphasized in “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” “Boxes,” and “A Small Good Thing.” These stories show the results of the characters communication, and show how it directly impacts their lives....   [tags: true love, struggles, boxes]
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An Analysis on the Similarities and Differences in Raymond Carver's“A Small Good Thing” and “The Bath” - In Raymond Carver's 'The Bath' and rewritten version of the story entitled 'A Small, Good Thing', the author tells the same tale in different ways, and to different ends, creating variegated experiences for the reader. Both stories have the same central plot and a majority of details remain the same, but the effects that the stories have upon the reader is significantly different. The greatest character difference is found in the role of the Baker, and his interaction with the other characters....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Having No Control Over Life in Raymond Carver´s Jerry and Molly and Sally - As if miming their own personal experiences, authors use various plots, characters, and literary devices to paint the lack of control a person in society has over their own life in dark contrast against their desires. By doing this, the theme of control, with the help of desire and the monotony of life, explores the authors' viewpoints of humanity’s attempt at controlling their environment. In the short story “Jerry and Molly and Sally,” Raymond Carver uses the character of Al as a way to describe and explain the frustrations and anxiety of having no control of life while being stuck in an unfortunate set of circumstances, while desperately reaching for some sort of solution or rather anythi...   [tags: control, life, solution] 678 words
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Change and Emotions in The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and “Cathedral, by Raymond Carver - ... The narrator from Carvers story is jealous that his wife is having a blind man over. The wife used to read to this blind man and they kept contact after she stopped working for him. When the blind man was over the husband was not respectful, he would say things that should not be said to blind people. As Carver states: “Which side of the train did you sit on, by the way?” (303). This explains how the narrator is rude and he should not have asked this to Robert because he is blind. Even though the narrator is rude Robert just answers back and makes it seem like it did not offend him....   [tags: lieutenant, blind man, isolated]
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Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Raymond Carver's The Cathedral - Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver wrote the short stories, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “The Cathedral,” which both showcase personas of conflictedness in two different time frames. Although one can draw many interpretations from these two stories, written in 1953 and 1983, respectively, one might refute many impracticalities associated with the nostalgic state of many of these characters, who possess characteristics that would be considered archaic and imbecilic. Racists and discriminatory viewpoints circumnavigate the minds of several characters, who can’t seem to come to terms with modern ideologues....   [tags: short story comparison] 1681 words
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Seeing Things from a Different Perspective in Raymond Carver's Story, Cathedral - In Raymond Carver’s story “Cathedral” the narrator learns what it means to “see” through someone who cannot. To see is to be able to view the things around us while putting aside preconceived notions or fear about these objects or people. In order for this to occur once must overcome what they feel is out of the ordinary and learn to accept things as they are. At first the narrator is doesn’t accept the man and uncomfortable around Robert. The narrator soon comes to understand this when he puts aside his fears, and judgments that he can see more than what meets the eye, and the freedom that comes along with this seeing....   [tags: literary criticism] 668 words
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The Many Sides of Dr. Melvin R. McGinnis - Raymond Carver's short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” leaves the reader feeling as if they have sat down at the table with a bottle of Gin and experienced first hand the effects of alcoholism and depression. In the original version of this story the “Beginners” Carver carefully crafts the many sides of an alcoholic personality developing strong knowable characters. The fundamental personalities are left fairly intact from the original version. It should be noted that the feelings that the reader are left with are due at least partially to the severe editing of the “Beginners” done by his editor and friend Gordon Lish....   [tags: Raymond Carver's short story] 1483 words
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Contrasting Responsibility in Carver's "Fever" and Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" - What allows a human being to constantly face-up to the responsibilities of life. What makes a mother or father continue to clothe, feed, and pick up their child from school. What makes a person wake up every morning to go to a job he or she hates, come home, and begin the whole process the following morning. Is it "responsibility" that makes a person do what they have to do, or rather is it fearing the consequence. Truthfully, this would depend on the situation. Parents would most likely fulfill their responsibility towards their child or children because of love; but a person who hates his or her job probably continues to do it fearing the consequence of unemployment....   [tags: Comparative Raymond Carver James Baldwin]
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So Much Water So Close To Home by Raymond Carver - In the story "So Much Water So Close To Home" a young girl is raped, killed and found in a river where four men are fishing. What makes this story interesting is that after discovering the body they did not report it until after they left, three days later. When one of the men who discovered her, the husband of the narrator, Stuart returns home he doesn't tell his wife about the incident until the following morning. Because of this, Claire believes that all men are responsible for the murder of the girl....   [tags: Carver Water Close Home Analysis] 1300 words
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Freedom through Perception - The tone of Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” is sincere. The author generates sincerity through the use of imagery, diction and the narrator’s direct address of the reader. The tone allows for a dynamic change in the reader, from revulsion to sympathy. At the beginning, the reader can perceive more than the narrator (Bub) can. This creates a curious response that demands a change in Bub`s awareness. However, the reader then follows a path of compassion when Bub lowers his self-conscious shield, shares an intimate friendship, and goes through an epiphany....   [tags: Raymond Carver's Cathedral] 824 words
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Dan Rush’s Film Adaptation of Why Don’t You Dance? by Raymond Carver - Dan Rush’s Film Adaptation of “Why Don’t You Dance?” by Raymond Carver Raymond Carver is greatly known for his minimalist style when it comes to his works of literature. Due to the fact that Carver wrote this way, the director and screenwriter of Everything Must Go, Dan Rush, had no choice to but to expand on this story by adding more elements to the characters, theme, and plot of Carver’s original work. In the film adaptation of the short story, “Why Don’t You Dance?” by Raymond Carver, Rush, while veering away from the original storyline and shedding a new light on the prominent theme of alcoholism, manages to successfully show just how this disease has the capability of ruining someone...   [tags: alcoholism, ruin, life, character]
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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Birth-Mark, Raymond Carver’s Cathedral, and Randall Kenan’s The Foundations of the Earth - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark”, Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”, and Randall Kenan’s “The Foundations of the Earth” illustrate how arrogance undermines knowledge and individual power and humility enhances those qualities. In each story, characters with parochial worldviews encounter people who challenge them to change. Other perspectives are available if they are able to let go of their superior attitudes. For example, Hawthorne’s protagonist, Aylmer, believes he has the ability and right to create perfection....   [tags: Knowledge and Individual Power]
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The Complexity of Love in Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - ... Mel is now somewhat changing his mind. He now is willing to admit love you have for some one can fade and after you can love some one new. He knows he once loved his first wife, but now his love for Terri has replaced that. Mel also has a fairytale sense of what love is. Mel declares, “If I could come back again in a different life...I’d like to come back as a knight” (392). Society often thinks of knights, like in fairytales, as being in shining armor, swooping in to save a damsel in distress, and then the two falling in love....   [tags: relationships, abuse, newlyweds ]
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Comparing Two Dramatic Comedies: Raymond Carver’s Cathedral and Guy de Maupassant’s The Jewelry - ... The ending of the story is vague as to the events following the narrator’s climatic moment. In Guy de Maupassant’s The Jewelry, the protagonist, M. Lantin, marries a poor girl who gains an obsession with theater and fake jewelry after her husband suggests she go with fellow wives. The man goes into a depression after his wife, Madame Lantin, dies from pneumonia. Unable to understand how his wife managed to make sure all the bills were paid and still buy more fake jewelry, Lantin decided to pawn off her fake jewelry....   [tags: self-discovery, plot, marriage]
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Compare Raymond Carver’s Cathedral and Ernest Hemingway’s A Clean, Well-lighted Place -   Ernest Hemingway and Raymond Carver are two of the most influential authors of American literature. Carver’s literary works are often considered to have a close connection to Hemingway’s, because of their similar writing styles, such as simplicity and clarity (Mclnerney, 1989). However, though their works share the same aesthetic feature, their works convey fairly different philosophical inquiry on values of faith and existence. Ernest Hemingway’s A Clean, Well-lighted Place and Carver’s Cathedral are two works with distinctive views on questioning the life and manhood....   [tags: life, manhood, faith, existence, clarity] 1319 words
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Discussion of Love in Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - In the article “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”, which was written by Raymond Carver in 1981, the author is mainly talking about the story from Mel McGinnis, who is at home with his wife Terri and their friends, Nick and Laura, are drinking gin and tonics and talking about love. The first discussion is about Terri's ex husband, Ed. Ed is the guy she was with before Mel McGinnis. It is a sad story. She says, that night Ed beat her, he told her, "I love you, I love you, you bitch" while he pulled her around the room....   [tags: suicide, domination, misbehave]
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The Use of Stylistic Devices in James Baldwin’s Sonny’s Blues and Raymond Carver’s Cathedral - James Baldwin’s ‘Sonny’s Blues’ and Raymond Carver’s ‘Cathedral’ are two stories which bring out several similarities concerning thematic issues and use of various stylistic devices. Studying the two stories closely enhances the reader to gain essential understanding on the issues being raised such as internal and external conflicts affecting the characters. Although the plots of the two stories are different, their development in terms of characterization, style and themes is more or less the same as there are noticeable similarities....   [tags: narrator, flashbacks, misconceptions ]
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love By Raymond Carver - The story “What we Talk about when we talk about Love” by Raymond Carver introduces four grown up characters who have experiences in their marriage life. The story tackles the elusive nature of love. This is evident when the characters vehemently try to describe it. Mel, the talkative surgeon, tries to give his thoughts on love but does not manage to convince the others. The other couple in the room believes they know the real meaning of love but find it difficult to define it. However, in the end of the day, they seem to come to togetherness and are intertwined by the essence of love....   [tags: relationships, feeling, elusive]
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What we Talk About When We Talk about Love by Raymond Carver - ... For example, the impact of our beliefs and definitions on things that many people experience every day. The story shows how love impacts a person’s behavior and what they begin to accept in these kinds of situations. Terri shares her experience with her mistreat ex-husband. Her ex-husband’s name was Carl he was a badly person with her. But no matter what he was doing Terri still believed Carl loved her because he said he did and other actions besides the mistreated from him to her, and that made her believe he did....   [tags: story review] 659 words
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Raymond Carver's poem Photograph of My Father In His 22nd Year - The Theme of Raymond Carver's poem "Photograph of My Father In His 22nd Year" Growing up we all had expectations of who we should be imposed upon us by our parents. Whether or not we achieved those expectations upon reaching adulthood isn't really the final outcome. There is a greater lesson learned regardless of how we benefited from the imposition. And that realization is what truly shapes our final character. Raymond Carver entertains this topic in his poem, "Photograph of My Father in His Twenty-second Year." In this poem Carver provides us with a beautifully touching slice of life that is not only flawless in writing and technique, but that connects and emotionally evokes...   [tags: Photograph of My Father In His 22nd Year] 1000 words
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Comparing Relationships in Raymond Carver’s Cathedral and Langston Hughes' Mother To Son - Relationships in Raymond Carver’s Cathedral and Langston Hughes' Mother To Son My Idea of family honestly didn't begin until I agreed to marriage and children. Until that moment, in my laxity, I hadn't even considered the many aspects and values a family should consist of. My experience needless to say, laid in shattered pieces long before I took over the reins of raising myself and built a blockade fortress of stoicism. In all seriousness, I often considered never having a relationship, thinking I was incapable of possessing the experience it would take to pursue such an endeavor....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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The Two Sides - The Two Sides The views we have are what shapes us, sometimes we have vast knowledge of ideas. Other times we are limited in what we can understand. We are given the choice of seeking out more of said idea or choosing to remain as is. Cathedral by Raymond Carver is a story that gives us a look into what it is like to have our views challenged through experiencing them first hand. We are introduced to the story by narration and we are given a brief summary of how his wife and the blind man had met from the narrrator....   [tags: Cathedral, Raymond Carver, assumption, blindness]
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Analysis of Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard To Find and Raymond Carver's "What We're Talking About When We Talk About Love - Family vacations are almost always stressful, but in Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard To Find," stress turns to outright horror for Bailey and family, for no better reason than a chance encounter following a car accident. Early in the story, Bailey's mother relates to him the story of a dangerous escaped convict, but only so that he might alter their course from Florida -- the direction in which the fugitive was known to be headed -- to eastern Tennessee, where grandmother herself hailed from....   [tags: Psychology, Complexity]
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - What We Talk About When We Talk About Love After analyzing Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” it is easy to see that there are several different ideas concerning true love that the characters in the story are in dispute over. Terri’s idea of real love is the most valid out of the group at the table. All of the members of the group are rather confused as to what real love is. Terri is included as one of the confused. However, I believe that she is the closest to understanding what love is....   [tags: Raymond Carver True Love Essays] 821 words
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Raymond Carver (what We Talk About When We Talk About Love) - Mel McGinnis of “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” seems like that one guy that everyone seems to know. He stands out from others; he’s unique. You either love him or hate him. Mel is very much like one of my good friends. They are both very individualistic and hey are both annoying drunks. They are both interesting characters though. I think the author Raymond Carver created the character Mel based off someone he knew. Carver created Mel for one reason or another....   [tags: essays research papers] 880 words
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Why Don't You Dance - Why don't you dance The story is set in suburban America in the 1970'es. The main character, who remains nameless throughout the whole story, hast just moved his whole bedroom out into the street, lamps plugged in and all. The time is backed by the appliances - the boy turns on the TV set and makes minor adjustments, and you get the feeling, that he is turning the knobs to get a sharp picture. Also, in the seventies, everybody had a TV but it was still, as it is today, a rather big expense. The characters are: The man (the main character), the girl and the boy, who is the only character in our story to be called by his name, Jack....   [tags: English Literature Raymond Carver] 774 words
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Dysfunctional Love in the Works of Carver and Faulkner - The instability of emotions caused by love is a proven threat in many instances, but specifically when untreated individuals are ignored or fail to seek appropriate assistance. The result of love lost is sometimes the harnessing of pain or anger, which could lead to fatal endings. Raymond Carver and Faulkner represent these entities in both the male and female counterparts. These insights are valuable in that they point to a greater truth about life and about the human race's inability to cope with several obstacles involving love, which both Carver and Faulkner represent perfectly in their short stories....   [tags: Carver, Faulkner] 967 words
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Lack of Vision in Carver's Cathedral - Lack of Vision in Cathedral The narrator in Raymond Carver’s "Cathedral" is not a particularly sensitive man. I might describe him as self-centered, superficial, and egotistical. And while his actions certainly speak to these points, it is his misunderstanding of the people and the relationships presented to him in this story which show most clearly his tragic flaw: while Robert is physically blind, it is the narrator who cannot clearly see the world around him. In the eyes of the narrator, Robert’s blindness is his defining characteristic....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]
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