In Cathedral, the individual either man or woman always have a problem set in front them and it always seems to be about the man and it also takes place in a home. The men in Carver 's stories have the most problems it seems like because he always wrote about men being alcoholics or getting laid off work. The women in is his stories played the part of the good wife until a problem occurred that happened to their husbands. The relationship always started good, but soon a situation arises and crushes something that was good into nothing anymore. Some examples of this comes from his short stories Chef 's House and Preservation. In Chef 's House the man, Wes, is a recovering alcoholic who is living in house owned by a recovered alcoholic, Chef. Wes and his wife, Edna, are divorced and his kids have grown up and moved away. The woman in this story, Edna, left him 2 years ago and now is moved back in with him helping him recover. Chef the owner of the house comes one day and tells Wes that he needs to move out. The house is a key element for Wes to keep his relationship with Edna alive. Also Edna is the person trying to keep Wes goi...
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...onomy was not good. They made the readers have to keep reading to see if there was ever a solution to the problem or just left them wondering what will happen. They used homes that were good, but soon turned to not being good. It is seen in both books where the home is where the individual loses it all or reclaims everything he or she has lost. Both authors showed how much the individual can take before he or she succumbs to hopelessness. Also in both books we see the men give up while the women take over and try to fix things. The women have the most significance in both books because they are the ones keeping the relationship alive while the men stay stuck in their rut and let everything fall into despair. Raymond Carver and Dorothy Allison wrote remarkable stories that have intrigued the reader to see if they can find any hope for the characters in their stories.
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