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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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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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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]

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The Blind Heart in Carver’s Cathedral

- The Blind Heart in Raymond Carver's Cathedral   A person’s ability to see is often taken for granted as it is in "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver. Although the title suggests that the story is about a cathedral, it is really about two men who are blind, one physically, the other psychologically. One of the men is Robert, the blind friend of the narrator’s wife; the other is the narrator-husband himself. The husband is the man who is psychologically blind. Carver deftly describes the way the husband looks at life: from a very narrow-minded point of view....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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The Blind Husband in Carver’s Cathedral

- The "Blind" Husband in Carver’s Cathedral   The short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver is about a woman who has a blind friend who comes to visit her and her husband. Although the husband has, technically, normal vision he is in the beginning of this story the one who is "blind." Through the husband’s words and actions when he is dealing with Robert, the blind man, we can see that the husband does not "see" or understand what Robert’s blindness means or how it changes or does not change him as a human being....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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Religious Revelation in Carver’s Cathedral

-    At first glance, one might assume Raymond Carver’s "Cathedral" illustrates the awakening of an insensitive and insulated husband to the world of a blind man. However, this literal awakening does not account for the fact that the husband awakens also to a world of religious insight, of which he has also been blind. The title and story structure are the first indicators of the importance of the religious thesis. It is also revealed when one examines the language and actions of the characters in the story....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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Threatening Relationships in Carver’s Cathedral

- Threatening Relationships in Carver’s Cathedral       Although many critics have written numerous accounts of Richard Carver’s "Cathedral" as being about revelation and overcoming prejudice, they have overlooked a very significant aspect: the unfolding of marital drama. The story tells of how a close outside friendship can threaten marriage by provoking insecurities, creating feelings of invasion of privacy, and aggravating communication barriers. The close outside friendship between the narrator’s wife and Robert, the blind man, provokes the narrator’s insecurities....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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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]

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A Blind Man’s Gift in Carver’s Cathedral

- A Blind Man’s Gift in Cathedral       In Raymond Carver’s story, "Cathedral," one man’s prejudice is overcome by another man’s gift. The husband in the story is given the gift of seeing a cathedral through a blind man’s eyes. The true gift comes from the cathedral, which represents the husband’s prejudice and the blind man’s open-mindedness. This gift is the revelation the husband experiences while he "looks" at the cathedral with his eyes still closed. According to Anatole Broyard "Cathedral" is "a lovely piece about a blind man who asks an acquaintance to guide his hand in sketching a cathedral he has never seen....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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Two Levels of Meaning in Carver’s Cathedral

- . Two Levels of Meaning in Cathedral The short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver develops characters with a dualistic depth. On the surface they have believable human attitudes and attributes, but there is also a level functioning that offers another interpretation. Carver is not only creating a realistic human picture, he uses the old story of the "deliverer" and reworks it into something unique, fresh. He takes the characters and binds them in the mind of his readers in a way that leads one to feel as though there is a deeper level to his message....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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Analysis Of Raymond Carver 's ' Cathedral '

- In the story, “cathedral” Raymond Carver, is a story about bringing people together. This story has three main characters. However, the story mostly focuses on the blind man and the narrator. The narrator was a very narrow-minded and didn’t want to get involved or have any relationship with anyone else. However, through the course of the story, the narrator was able to make a friendship with his wife’s friend the blind man by using a cathedral, which brought them together. Carver uses exposition to develop his plot and characters....   [tags: Fiction, Character, Raymond Carver, Narrative]

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Analysis of Carver's Cathedral

- Cathedral I found ‘Cathedral’ to be a very warming story. Throughout Carver’ story, we meet a blind man, a wife, and the wife’s husband. Three very particular and determined people in their own way. We quickly learn that the story is told from the husband’s point of view, where he starts his story off explaining that a blind man is coming to stay with them while he visits his dead wife’s relatives. The husband is quick to acknowledge the fact he is not happy with having a blind man in his house, let alone a man he has never met but on tape, and a man that has an unusual relationship with his wife....   [tags: critical analysis]

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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]

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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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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]

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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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`` Cathedral `` By Raymond Carver And A Pair Of Tickets

- “Cathedral”, written by Raymond Carver and “A Pair of Tickets” written by Amy Tan are two stories very different from each other. They share only a few similarities. The main similarity in the two stories is the plot. In the two stories, they are both meeting someone important for the first time. Although the plot is the same in both stories, the characters in Cathedral and A Pair of Tickets are very different from each other. “Cathedral” is about a man who is meeting his wife’s best friend, who is a blind man named Robert....   [tags: Family, Mother, Woman, Raymond Carver]

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Analysis Of Carver 's ' Cathedral '

- A men biggest weakness is expressing their emotions. They are taught from an early age to be fearless and powerful. They are informed that 'Big Boys Don 't Cry ' and to 'Man Up '. Men start to connect feelings and emotions with their weakness. They come to believe that they have failed if they become affectionate and were to open their hearts. As a result, many men try to be the warrior who saves the people around them and always puts on a bold face. Men are typically the provider of their household and tend to play the male role....   [tags: Marriage, Love, Wife, Husband]

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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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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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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Analysis Of Raymond Carver 's ' The Cathedral '

- Raymond Carver’s “The Cathedral” is a simple short story, which expresses to the reader that not all who are physically blind cannot truly see. There are many cases in this story where Robert, the blind man shows how the husband, who is also the narrator, a new way of appreciating life. The narrator is not only being superficial and ignorant, but not being able to see what is beyond the physical eye. Mr. Carver writes the story in the first person point of view, allowing the reader to see from the narrator perspective on life, and comes across as a self-absorb man, who has a negative attitude....   [tags: Anton Chekhov, Short story, Fiction]

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The Narrator Of Raymond Carver 's Cathedral

- The unnamed narrator of Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” poses as an unreliable narrator for his unaccepting nature towards blind people along with his ignorant perception of many realities in his life that Carver presents for the reader to take into question. The narrator holds prejudice against Robert, a blind man whom the narrator’s wife worked with ten years earlier and eventually befriends. Unperceptive to many of the actualities in his own life, the narrator paints an inaccurate picture of Robert that he will soon find to be far from the truth....   [tags: Fiction, Anton Chekhov, Meaning of life]

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Analysis Of Raymond Carver 's ' The Cathedral '

- Raymond Carver’s, “The Cathedral” is a short story told by the narrator, whose actual identity remains unknown. The narrator tells of an evening where his wife invites an old friend and former employer, by the name of Robert, over to spend the night. What differentiates Robert from the rest of the group is the fact that he is blind. It is blatantly apparent that the narrator or bub, a nicknamed coined by Robert, is close-minded and quick to make preconceived notions about circumstances that he is unfamiliar with, especially Robert’s inability to see....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, The Blind, Walk This Way]

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Analysis Of Raymond Carver 's Cathedral

- Raymond Carver, renowned short story author and poet of the 1980 's, specialized in showing the distance between human beings, which even in a society as connected as today’s, remains a relevant topic of discussion. As Kirk Nesset explains, “Carver 's figures seal themselves off from their worlds...retreating destructively into the claustrophobic inner enclosures of self” (116). This concept of retreating into oneself is most evident in Carver 's famous short story Cathedral. While each of Carver 's three characters in Cathedral suffer from self imposed isolation in his or her own unique way, none feel the repercussions of their actions quite so strongly as the narrator 's wife....   [tags: Marriage, Short story, Wife, Husband]

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Blindness By Raymond Carver 's Cathedral

- Blindness is most often perceived as just a physical disability especially when preconceived notions are embedded in one’s mind by society. Moreover an individual can be so ‘blind’ by worldviews and perceptions that the true humanity of someone that is actually blind can be overlooked. In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” (1938- 1988), Carver depicts a man versus man conflict in which the narrator was totally consumed with jealously because his wife had a ‘odd’ relationship with a ‘ blind’ man she befriended while working for him one summer....   [tags: Perception, Psychology, Mind, Marriage]

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Analysis Of ' Cathedral ' By Raymond Carver

- Seeing Happiness What is happiness. Do people actually have the right to have happiness in their lives. “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver follows the story of the narrator’s jealousy, and ignorance towards his wife’s relationship with Robert a blind man she used to work for. The narrator’s jealousy towards Robert grows with apprehension towards his upcoming visit to their home on his way to see his in-laws. When Robert arrives, however, the narrator begins to warm up to the man he had previously thought very little of....   [tags: Fiction, Narrative, Symbol, Narrator]

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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]

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Analysis Of `` Cathedral `` By Raymond Carver

- “Cathedral” William Shenstone states, “Jealousy is the fear of apprehension of superiority: envy our easiness under it.” The main character in the short story “Cathedral,” written by a well written American short story Author, Raymond Carver, is a married man with doubts of another man from his wife’s past, making him jealous. Carver uses the husband to narrate the short story. The setting takes place in the house of the husband. The story tells about Robert, the antagonist who lost his wife and visits his old friend....   [tags: Blindness, Fiction, Anton Chekhov, Short story]

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Analysis Of ' Cathedral ' By Raymond Carver

- When I read “Cathedral” a short story by Raymond Carver, it leaves me with many questions as well as lessons. This story mainly encounters behaviors and discussions between the three main characters. The three main characters of the story are the unnamed narrator, his wife and the Robert. The unnamed narrator is kind of the main character who describes his experience with Robert. He is jealous of his wife’s past and doesn’t want Robert to visit them. Robert is a blind man who is an old friend of narrator’s wife....   [tags: Fiction, Narrative, Short story, Protagonist]

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Analysis Of `` Cathedral `` By Raymond Carver

- “Cathedral,” a short story written by Raymond Carver, presents an intriguing story of an ignorant man 's lesson. During this story, Carver 's working class characters are crushed by broken marriages, financial issues, and fulfilling jobs, but they are frequently unable to understand or communicate their own sufferings. However, the main story consists of the narrator, known as “Bub,” facing an internal conflict about a blind man named Robert staying the night in his home. Regardless of the fact that this blind man is his wife 's long time friend, the narrator cannot find himself comfortable with such an idea because of his extreme prejudices....   [tags: Fiction, Narrative, Short story, Narrator]

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Analysis Of ' Cathedral ' By Raymond Carver

- The development of a fictional character is presented through an internal or an omniscient narrator. An internal narrator is a character within the work telling the story to the reader; internal narrators are usually first person narrators. A first person narrator is an internal narrator who consistently refers to himself or herself using the first-person pronoun “I”. For instance, in “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the narrator, also known as the protagonist of the story is illustrated through a first person narrator....   [tags: Narrative, Narrator, Fiction, Style]

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`` Cathedral `` By Raymond Carver

- In Raymond Carvers “Cathedral” the narrator and Robert, the blind man, have no connections at all in the beginning. The narrator even thinks that he is better than Robert because Robert is blind, the narrator is also jealous of Robert’s relationship with the narrator’s wife. Although we can gather these things from the short story the actual message that I am going to discuss in this paper is the importance of not physical seeing but emotionally and mentally seeing. Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral” explains the importance of transcendence, looking beyond what you can physically see and opening yourself up for greatness and opportunity in life....   [tags: Meaning of life, Life, Fiction, Short story]

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Blindness in Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- In literature, blindness serves a general significant meaning of the absence of knowledge and insight. In life, physical blindness usually represents an inability or handicap, and those people afflicted with it are pitied. The act of being blind can set limitations on the human mind, thus causing their perception of reality to dramatically change in ways that can cause fear, personal insecurities, and eternal isolation. However, “Cathedral” utilizes blindness as an opportunity to expand outside those limits and exceed boundaries that can produce a compelling, internal change within an individual’s life....   [tags: literature, isolation, robert]

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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 ]

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`` Cathedral `` By Raymond Carver

- With in the first few lines of the story, the reader can get the sense that this is not an ordinary piece. The narrator is very casual telling his story, yet is able to engage the reader because throughout the story he shows that his is self-absorbed and lacks self-awareness. In “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver the narrator takes Robert’s literal blindness as a foil to his wife and his own blindness, which aren’t physical but social and emotional. While reading the story, there are a few points that grab the attention of the reader and may affect their portrayal of literal and figurative blindness; His wife, Robert, and the Cathedral....   [tags: Blindness, Guide dog, The Reader, Suicide]

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The Cathedral By Raymond Carver

- What makes a brotherhood, and how does the short story "Cathedral” relates to brotherhood. In the “Cathedral”, Robert and the Narrator connect over a drawing. The drawing help changes the outcome of the Narrator thoughts of blind people. "Cathedral" helps us understand brotherhood and how you don 't have to be blood-related to join a brotherhood. In the "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, you can experience a newly form brotherhood by two completely opposite characters who are able to form an alliance....   [tags: Perception, Mind, Personality psychology]

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The Cathedral By Raymond Carver

- The “Cathedral” (1983) by Raymond Carver takes place in a middle-class home in New York and is a story about a blind man, named Robert, visiting the nameless narrator and his wife. At first, the narrator does not like Robert, but as the night progresses the narrator starts to establish a liking towards Robert. The narrator, who can at times be seen as an antagonist, has many aspects that we as a human race have. For instance, the narrator has a displeasing attitude towards the unknown, has beliefs that are influenced by popular beliefs, and has a comedic behavior in difficult situations....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, Blindness, Religion]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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

- 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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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]

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The Cathedral, By Raymond Carver And Nathanial Hawthorn

- Throughout life you will experience situations where it will cause you to have an uneasy and anxious feeling in your stomach. This feeling is caused when you are faced with a situation that you are uncomfortable with. This feeling can also be caused by the presence of other humans or animals. This uncomfortable feeling is called discomfort. Discomfort is a theme that is used by both Raymond Carver and Nathanial Hawthorn in each of their short stories. In Raymond Carver’s “The Cathedral,” a husband is uncomfortable about his wife’s old boss staying at his and hers house....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Short story]

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Analysis Of The Story ' The Cathedral ' By Raymond Carver

- The short story of the “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver shows the narrator as the main character of the story whose name is never mentioned. The narrator’s wife’s name is never mentioned as well, and her friend who is a blind man is coming to visit after losing his wife whose name is Robert. In the beginning of the story, the narrator shows that he is an excessive drinker and feels emotionally disconnected from his wife and his wife is excited about her friends visit, Robert. This kind of emotion makes him uneasy but doesn’t know why and because he knows that Robert is blind, he feels like he is better than him....   [tags: Fiction, Short story, Anton Chekhov, Eye]

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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]

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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]

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Comparing The Book Cathedral By Raymond Carver And The Bastard Out Of Carolina

- The book Cathedral by Raymond Carver and The Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison have many similarities that make them unique because of the individuals living in similar homes with similar problems. Raymond and Dorothy both wrote about individuals either having a tough time or a good time, but soon turning to tragedy. These books speak a lot about the individual and how they overcome the problem that is set before them and how their house either helps them in their problem or not. It also shows which character the male or female is more determined to keep the relationship alive and burning....   [tags: English-language films, Short story, Woman]

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Comparing The Books Cathedral By Raymond Carver And The Bastard Out Of Carolina

- The books Cathedral by Raymond Carver and The Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison have many similarities that make them unique because of the individuals living in similar homes with similar problems. Raymond and Dorothy both wrote about individuals either having a tough time or a good time, but soon turning to tragedy. These books speak a lot about the individual and how they overcome the problem that is set before them and how their house either helps them in their problem or not. It also shows which character the male or female is more determined to keep the relationship alive and burning....   [tags: English-language films, Short story, Woman]

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I Can Truly Say After Reading Cathedral By Raymond Carver

- I can truly say after reading Cathedral by Raymond Carver the point of view the husband had about the blind in the beginning of the passage made me feel as if I was in his shoes. Like him my view of the blind has change quite tremendously. If it was not for his wife who invited an old friend of hers Robert, who is blind, to their home and actually having the opportunity to see what a real blind man was like, her husband would have never changed his perspective of the blind. With the opportunity of his wife and Robert the husband has undergone a change in his view of blind people in movies as disturbing and bothersome, to just viewing the blind as human beings and realizing their view of the...   [tags: Blindness, Guide dog, The Blind, Friendship]

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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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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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Ernest Hemingway 's Hills Like White Elephants And Raymond Carver 's Cathedral

- More Than Meets The Eye While reading short stories, two stood out: Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants and Raymond Carver’s Cathedral. The themes in both stories are powerful and convey strong messages that really pose existential thoughts. Not only is each story’s theme attention grabbing, but so is the common and reoccurring use of symbolism throughout the stories. They did not just use the Element of Fiction symbolism, but even used one common symbol. Ernest Hemingway’s story Hills Like White Elephants and Raymond Carver’s story Cathedral each contain existential and similar themes such as talking versus communicating and looking versus seeing, as well as demonstrating creativ...   [tags: Alcoholic beverage, Alcohol, Ernest Hemingway]

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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]

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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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Raymond Carver 's Cathedral Is Praised As One Of The Greatest Short Stories Ever Written

- Raymond Carver’s Cathedral is praised as one of the greatest short stories ever written. Aside from being technically sound and brilliant terms of the pacing and character development, the story itself elucidates a lot of interesting thematic elements. Before one can delve into the thematic elements, however, it is important to know a bit of the context. The story immediately frames itself from the perspective of the narrator, a nameless man whom we never know the true name of. He is married, and his wife at one time worked with a blind man, a man whom she developed a relationship with....   [tags: Fiction, Short story, The Blind, As Time Goes By]

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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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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]

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Analysis Of Raymond Carver Jr.

- Raymond Carver Jr. wrote short stories in settings that many would consider ordinary. His stories could often be described as drab, and many of them were characterized by a “zero-ending” or a cliffhanger. His stories often ended abruptly, leaving the reader with a number of unanswered questions. In his story Cathedral, the story appears to close with a “zero-ending.” However, there are many observations and inferences that can be made at the end of Cathedral that make it anything but a “zero-ending.” Carver was born in Oregon in 1938....   [tags: Raymond Carver, Fiction, Aerosmith, Thought]

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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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Poverty in Everyday Use, Sonny's Blues, and The Cathedral

- Poverty in Everyday Use, Sonny's Blues, and The Cathedral Works Cited Not Included Comparing ?Everyday Use?, ?Sonny?s Blues. and ?The Cathedral?, one can conclude that they share a common meaning. Although all three stories consider poverty as their theme, each chooses to elaborate it in a different manner. In fact, ?Everyday Use. emphasizes on the state of extreme poverty in which certain people live. On the other hand, ?Sonny?s Blues. contributes to the theme by describing the poverty of spirit of Harlem?s ?inner kids?....   [tags: Papers Everyday Sonny's Cathedral Essays]

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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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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]

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the cathedral

- At a glance Carver’s writing style of the “Cathedral” seems simple but after further interpretation of the story one realizes that the “Cathedral” is about the interactions and epiphanies that regular people have that changes their entire life. This idea is perfectly represented at the end of the “Cathedral”, throughout the story the husband knew nothing about blind people and wondered how can they live their life without being able to see. He continually made references to the effect of how can he be married and not be able to see his wife, if she had makeup purple slacks and so on he would never know....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sight in Cathedral

- Vision is something many people take for granted every day. Society only deals with the matter of being blind if they are the less fortunate ones. According to the Braille Institute, "every seven minutes a person in the United States loses their sight, often as part of the aging process" (1). Only two percent of legally blind people use a guide dog and thirty-five percent use a white cane. Blindness can be caused from various different types of things including (in order) age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related cataracts....   [tags: Literary Review]

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Redemption Theme in Cathedral by Raymond Carter

- Redemption can be explained as gaining possession of something in exchange for payment. In order to achieve something, one must do something in return. The end result of redemption may be unknown to the person and what their payment is may be a sacrifice. This motif is relayed in the short story, “Cathedral,” by Raymond Carver, by a man who gains new vision from an unlikely source. “Cathedral” consists of three individuals. The narrator is the main character, which the story revolves around. The wife of the narrator is the second character, who is the least relevant....   [tags: Blind, Sacrifice]

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The parallel between “Cathedral” and “A&P”

- The parallel between “Cathedral” and “A&P” Raymond Carver with “Cathedral” and “A&P” by John Updike are both short stories, even if in facts they are written during the same century, readers can interpret the changes that occurred to be really different. They both introduce characters that are being victim of stereotype by the protagonists, but somehow these characters made a great change into the protagonists’ view of the world and life itself. The stories differ in atmosphere and the quantity of people involve in each story which might be important to understand how changes occur....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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