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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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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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The Cathedral

- The Cathedral I have had many experiences that changed my outlook towards life. One of them was when I went to London, England. It was called St. Paul’s Cathedral. I had never been to a “cathedral” before, and I didn’t especially care to go and look at one. But my coach made me, and when we got there I heard a voice in my head yelling, “You’re going to hate this!” Regardless I was there and without chance to leave, so I figured I might as well try to appreciate it. Boy, am I glad I did because as I stood at the bottom of the enormous concrete steps towards the doors of St....   [tags: essays papers]

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- 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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Durham Cathedral

- Durham Cathedral Source A refers to the changes made in Durhamcathedral since the 12th century. There are certain aspects that have remained the same. The north doors remain unchanged although they have replaced the real sanctuary knocker with a replica. Although the main structure and architecture of the cathedral have not changed, particular things have, for example in the source it shows pointed towers. As this is an interpretation of an idea of what it may have looked like at the time, it isn't based on any real fact so we don't know if the towers were indeed pointed, they may have been cones....   [tags: Papers]

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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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A Visit to Durham Cathedral

- A Visit to Durham Cathedral A World Heritage Site must be "An example of a type of building or architectural ensemble." by the world heritage committee guidelines or the international council on monuments and sites states it must be "A building which is historically of the highest importance." Durham fulfilled the criteria and was awarded the title world heritage site in 1996. I believe Durham cathedral became a world heritage site because it shows the earliest example of rib vaults and proto flying buttresses outside of Italy....   [tags: Papers]

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The Power of Durham Cathedral

- The Power of Durham Cathedral Durham was unique. Not only did its Bishop have all the powers of a Bishop, also bestowed upon him where the powers of a king; therefore he was called the prince bishop. Only four other palantines had this right but none were open to a cleric. The Arms of the See of Durham displays a Bishops miter within a Kings coronet; it was a great privilege to have this right. The palantine of the Prince Bishop was enormous, from the Scottish borders to Hull....   [tags: Free Essays]

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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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The Pilgrimage to Cathedral of Compostela

- The Pilgrimage to Cathedral of Compostela In the twelfth century one the most popular destinations for pilgrimages was to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. The shrine of St. James the Great is in the Cathedral of Compostela and it is what attracted so many people. The saint's shrine was believed to be a healing shrine for all sorts of problems. The religious relics that the Cathedral contained held a special power for the pilgrims by curing them of their problems. The pilgrims used the road to Santiago as a test of their faith and love for God....   [tags: Religion]

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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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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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Cathedral of Marble Strands

-   Cathedral of Marble Strands   Richard Stewart lay stretched out on the cool stone. His handsome, youthful face was relaxed into a slight smile, eyes closed lazily. Richard's hand played unconsciously with his long black hair lying on the reddish surface . . . "Four slices of lemon . . . four cubes of sugar. . . and a straw," thought Richard, and pictured the glass in his mind. Without opening his eyes, he reached out and felt it in his hand. It was cool, and the droplets that condensed from the morning mist made it slippery....   [tags: Creative Writing Examples]

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the Cathedral

- OUT and OUT The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood, Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it. And from there those that lifted eyes could count Five mountain ranges one behind the other Under the sunset far into Vermont. And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled, As it ran light, or had to bear a load. And nothing happened: day was all but done. Call it a day, so they said To please the boy by giving him the half hour That a boy counts so much when saved from work....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Effect of the Normans on Canterbury Cathedral up to 1165 AD

- The Effect of the Normans on Canterbury Cathedral up to 1165 AD Once Wayne had won the battle of Hastings he travelled east burning Romney and Dover. Canterbury had heard of what William had done to the other places he came across that put up a resistance to him so Canterbury sent William a deputation, William of courses accepted the offer because of Canterbury being the centre of England's religion, and the pope would probably not have liked the idea of backing anti-Christian behaviour....   [tags: Papers]

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cathedrals

- cathedrals Throughout the centuries, beautiful Medieval cathedrals have been towering above every building and till this day, still survive with their astonishing appearance. Their structure resemble the power and glory of heavens. Today, they are known as "prayers in stone" because they are respected as holy places. Taking literally hundreds of years to build these great Gothic buildings, the skillful carpenters and masons responsible for the construction are respected for constructing these powerful buildings that tell us about the past (Macdonald 1)....   [tags: essays papers]

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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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Gothic Cathedrals

- Gothic Cathedrals For nearly four hundred years Gothic style dominated the architecture of Western Europe. It originated in northern France in the twelfth century, and spread rapidly across England and the Continent, invading the old Viking empire of Scandinavia. It confronted the Byzantine provinces of Central Europe and even made appearances in the near East and the Americas. Gothic architects designed town halls, royal palaces, courthouses, and hospitals. They fortified cities and castles to defend lands against invasion....   [tags: Europe European Architecture Essays]

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Comparison of the Chartres towers

- Comparison of the Chartres towers The cathedral of Notre-Dame at Chartres must be one of the most beautiful and famous architectural specimens in the world today. The cathedral owns an exquisite silhouette against the sky of La Beauce. Two towers rise uncontested, to take watch over miles and miles of French countryside. Up close, the two towers, along with their spires, seem mismatched or unrelated. Yet, the two together provide for one of the most interesting juxtapositions in architecture. €Chartres cathedral has had a tumultuous history with both tragedies and triumphs....   [tags: essays papers]

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Structure of the Travel and Tourism Industry

- Structure of the Travel and Tourism Industry There are many types of attractions in the UK. Many types for many different people; things like theme parks for youngsters and families, places of great heritage for people interested in history and old time Britain. Basically whoever you are and what ever you like doing there is something in England of great interest for everyone no matter where it is or how far it is to get to; people visit these places year in year out because they're enjoyable places of leisure where people enjoy spending there money and time at there own enjoyment....   [tags: Papers]

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame, An Analysis of the 1939 Film

- In the 1939 film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, adapted from the novel written by Victor Hugo, the themes are obvious in numerous scenes of the film; however, in other scenes themes are hidden to eyes of the audience and revealed in significant images or actions. The themes are observed in various forms through Gothic characteristics such as, extreme contrasts, death, grotesque forms, and religious associations. These themes provided a breakdown in rule to a previously calm society. Extreme contrasts were portrayed in the two brothers, one was a priest, and the other brother was a high judge....   [tags: Film]

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Assisi

- Critical Evaluation-Assisi A poem that I have been studying recently is Assisi by Norman McCaig, which I found very interesting to read because it made a statement which relates to our world today even though the poem was wrote about thirty or forty years ago. The poem has lots of ideas including effective figures of speech, good choice of words, important images and irony. The statement that McCaig makes is, where ever there is great wealth it always exists along side great poverty. The poem is set in Assisi in Italy around the 1970’s were all the rich tourists are coming in hundreds from all different countries far and wide to see the frescoes painted by Giotto in Assisi’s huge cath...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Gothic Architecture

- Gothic Architecture The church in the Middle Ages was a place that all people, regardless of class, could belong to. As a source of unity, its influence on art and architecture was great during this time. As society drew away from the feudal system of the Romanesque period, a new spirit of human individualism began to take hold; alas, the birth of Gothic. Here, the Church became a place where humanity became more acceptable, alas becoming the ideal place to visual such new ideals. The beauty and elegance of Gothic architecture is depicted most in the great cathedrals of the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries—St....   [tags: Architectural Middle Ages Churches Essays]

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Medieval versus Renaissance Eras

- Medieval and Renaissance Eras      It is amazing how significantly various aspects of society can and will change over a prolonged period of time. Between the time periods of the Medieval era and the Renaissance, one can note numerous significant changes, mainly those pertaining to art and religion. In general, ideals and subjects during the Renaissance became more secular. In Medieval times, people seemed to focus mainly on the church, God, and the afterlife; during the Renaissance, the focus was more secular: humans and life on earth....   [tags: Compare Contrast History Art Essays]

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Hunchback of Notre Dame

- THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME In Paris, under the reign of Louis XI, the annual Festival of Fools is underway. From atop the mighty Notre Dame cathedral, Quasimodo, a deformed hunchback who rings the bells, looks down on the crowd in contempt. Also in the crowd is Dom Claude, the kindly priest of Notre Dame, and his evil brother, Jehan. Clopin, a gypsy who has been crowned "King of the Beggars," calls for his adopted daughter Esmeralda to dance for the group. As Esmeralda passes by the window of Gudule, the old woman curses her, for years before her daughter had been stolen by gypsies....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Gothic Art

- Gothic Art began in 1137 with the rebuilding of the chair of the abbey church of St. Denis. Gothic Art is the style of art produced in Europe from the Middle Ages up to the beginning of the Renaissance. Typically religious in nature, is especially known for the distinctive arched design of its churches, its stained glass, and its illuminated manuscripts. Gothic, although symbolic, is a lot more anecdotal and naturalistic than Romanesque. In the late 14th century, anticipating the Renaissance, Gothic Art evolved towards a more secular style known as International Gothic....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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Tourism In London

- Tourism In London Aim The aim was to find out about tourism in London. Introduction We had to find about tourism in London, so we visited three of the top tourist attractions in London . The first attraction was the Tower of London. William the Conqueror began building, what is now known as the Tower of London, in 1078. The Tower is situated on the north bank of the river Thames, at the eastern extremity of London. It contains within its walls twelve acres and five roods....   [tags: Papers]

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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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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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Cathedral

- Cathedral The story is about a blind man who visits a married couple. He is an old friend of the wife, but the husband does not look forward to see the blind man (called Robert) because he does not know what to expect. He has never known any blind persons and his picture of these is based on a very little foundation. He has a lot of prejudices against Robert, but during his visit he changes his opinion about him. While watching TV together they get each other to know better and the husband finds out that he actually likes his company....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Cathedral

- When most people think of blind people, they tend to picture a person with dark sunglasses, a seeing eye dog, and a walking stick. These are stereotypes and obviously do not remain true in the case of all blind people. In Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral," the main character is jealous and judgmental of his wife’s friend who happens to be a blind man. It is the combination of these attitudes that leads to his own unique “blindness." It is through this initial blindness, that the character gains his greatest vision....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Grace Cathedral Essay

- As I walked up the street toward the front of Grace Cathedral, I was in awe at the size and ornateness of this cathedral. It was tall and wide and looked very much like the churches we had been studying in class in the prior weeks. As I got closer and closer I began to make out The Ghiberti Doors, also known as the gates of paradise. These are the main cathedral doors made out of bronze, and are replicas of the originals which stood centuries ago at the east entrance to the Baptistry of Florence Cathedral (the Duomo) Italy....   [tags: Architecture]

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Cathedral, a Story Review

- Have you ever closed your eyes and envisioned a world of nothing. Have you ever stopped and pondered what it would be like to have never seen the sunrise, fireworks or even your own face. For many, the answer is yes, but for even more the answer is no. People seldom take the time to understand and appreciate the uniqueness that each of us possesses. For this reason, people are often uneducated about those individuals who live with various disabilities on a daily basis. Society has become so accustomed to turning a cold shoulder to those members who are less fortunate by no fault of their own and now this cruel behavior of discrimination is somewhat the norm in the world today....   [tags: American Literature]

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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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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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The Whispering Gallery at St Paul’s Cathedral in London

- “A whispering gallery is a gallery beneath a dome or vault or enclosed in a circular or elliptical area in which whispers can be heard clearly in other parts of the building." St Paul’s Cathedral is the Anglican Cathedral on Ludgate Hill, in the City of London and dates from the 17th century. The Whispering Gallery’s name comes from the fact that a whisper whispered by a person facing the wall on one side, can clearly be heard by a listener with an ear held at any other point to the wall around the gallery....   [tags: architecture]

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Point of View to Enable the Story to Be Experienced in Cathedral

- Point of View to Enable the Story to Be Experienced in Cathedral Raymond Carver's "Cathedral," a story that entails a man's epiphany about a misplaced prejudice, is narrated from the first person point of view to enable the reader to fully understand the narrator's thoughts. However, in William Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily" just the opposite is true. In Faulkner's story, the narrator has a limited third person point of view which allows the reader to dodge any emotional ties with Emily, the main character, and to form his own ideas about Emily's actions....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing the Sculptures and Different Structures of Cathedrals

- Comparing the Sculptures and Different Structures of Cathedrals The Cathedral was a symbol of authority and religious achievement to people of the Middle Ages. Both Romanesque and Gothic style cathedrals are monuments to the skill and creativity of medieval people. Upon entering a Romanesque or Gothic style cathedral, one would have noticed that the function of these houses of worship is very similar. They are each an urban religious center in which priests conducted masses. Upon further examination of the sculptures and the different structures that embody them, one would have found that they differ quite dramatically....   [tags: Papers]

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Les Cathedrales

- Les Cathedrales Les Cathedrales are an important part of almost any society. They provide the communities in which they stand with an amazing sense of prosperity and pride. The term cathedral derives from the Latin word Cathedra, which means throne for the bishop. A cathedral is the bishops church, the administrative center of the dioceses and the spiritual center for the entire region. In le moyen age cathedrals also served as the focus of city life. The construction of these important cultural edifices was a long, tedious and extremely painstaking process....   [tags: Papers]

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The Importance of the Middle Ages

- The Importance of the Middle Ages The Middle Ages was a time of great importance. From this time period, we are given unbelievable cathedrals, beautiful art, and exhilarating music. All of these things were done in order to show people's devotion towards God. The cathedrals were built as a place of worship, the art was painted to enhance the look of cathedrals such as stain glass windows, and the music, to praise the Lord with their voices. The main reason people did these types of things was to be with God, in their own way until they made it to heaven, which was known as the Age of Faith....   [tags: Papers]

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Seville

- Seville Spanish SEVILLA, ancient Hispalis, city and capital of the provincia of Seville, in the Andalusia comunidad autónoma ("autonomous community") of southern Spain. Seville lies on the left (east) bank of the Guadalquivir River at a point about 54 miles (87 km) north of the Atlantic, and about 340 miles (550 km) southwest of Madrid. An inland port, it is the chief city of Andalusia and the fourth largest in Spain. It was important in history as a cultural centre, as a capital of Muslim Spain, and as a centre for Spanish exploration of the New World....   [tags: Papers]

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Examining How Medieval Universities Have Impacted Modern Universities

- One major contribution from the Middle Ages that has made a profound impact which still affects us today is the rise of universities and higher education. This new form of community teaching led to a rapid increase in the percentage of people who were literate in the Middle Ages and continued to flourish into a world-wide phenomenon which has changed the world of today and allows millions of people to delve deeper into their preferred area of interest and allow them to obtain a degree. Around 800-1050 A.D., prior to the formation of universities, getting an education was extremely difficult....   [tags: higher Education, college, history of education]

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Meaning of Icons and Symbols in Art

- During the Byzantine period, early Christians had established that art could design images, that represented Christ, Mary and the Saints. All these images were considered icons. From the Greek word eikon, this means image. These are seen throughout the Romanesque and the Gothic style. This essay will attempt to describe how symbols were used and the meanings they had from the eleven century, throughout the Renaissance era. Art had evolved and the usage was found inside and out of buildings, on paintings, sculptures and others....   [tags: bizantine period, christians, christ, saints]

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The Life and Artwork of Filippo Lippi

- Filippo Lippi was born in Florence in 1406. Both of his parents died when he was a young boy so he moved in with his aunt. In 1420 Lippi was registered in the community of the Carmelite friars of the Carmine in Florence. This was a well-known monastery that housed much young talent. He remained here until 1432 and took the Carmelite vows in 1421 when Lippi was 16. Since Lippi spent all of his time scavenging pictures in various books, the prior decided to give him the opportunity to learn to paint....   [tags: Filippo Lippi, Fra Filippo, art,]

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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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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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Description of Saint Paul's Cathedral in England

- I have had many experiences that changed my outlook towards life. One of them was when I went to London, England. It was called St. Paul’s Cathedral. I had never been to a “cathedral” before, and I didn’t especially care to go and look at one. But my coach made me, and when we got there I heard a voice in my head yelling, “You’re going to hate this!” Regardless I was there and without chance to leave, so I figured I might as well try to appreciate it. Boy, am I glad I did because as I stood at the bottom of the enormous concrete steps towards the doors of St....   [tags: cathedral, london, st. paul's]

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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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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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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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Cathedral

- Cathedral “I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And his being blind bothered me” (99) the narrator tells us in Raymond Carver’s Cathedral. An old friend of the narrator’s wife, Robert, is coming to visit them at their home. The narrator is not at all pleased with this situation and lets us know it from the beginning. Throughout the story, the narrator begins to see the blind man in a different light and his mind-set begins to change to admiration. The narrator seems to be somewhat jealous at first of the relationship between his wife and their visitor....   [tags: essays papers]

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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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Analysis of Cathedral

- In the beginning of the story, the narrator feels very uncomfortable knowing that he will soon have to accommodate a visitor, But not just any Visitor, Robert her blind friend. The Narrator and his wife were discussing the fact that she had invited Robert to visit. She worked for Robert ten years ago. Although, the Narrator agreed to the visit, he still expressed how it felt to know that his wife had shared intimate details about herself and the people in her life. These facts made the narrator jealous, considering the fact that she had maintained contact with Robert through two marriages....   [tags: narrator, blind, wife, hope]

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Gothic Architecture - Amiens Cathedral

- The word gothic is related to characteristics such as dark, haunted, black, etc. but that was not always the case. In the Medieval period, Gothic style architecture was built to create plenty of entryways for sunlight. The brightness was meant to brighten lives, even more so in churches (Frankl & Crossley, 2000). The Gothic style was also a part of the movement away from the simply architectural style that was previously used (Murray, 1996). Gothic style was not just developed out of nowhere. It had evolved from the previous and relatively similar Romanesque style....   [tags: architectural styles and characteristics]

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Analysis Of `` Cathedral `` And `` Adventure `` Paris ``

- While stories are leading readers to experience a different world and an experience that might not be possible in the reality that is limited by time and location, characters inside the story could also experience a change in settings, mentally or physically, that transforms their lives. As the readers follow the characters’ journey, they can understand more about the characters or the deeper messages that the authors want to deliver. In “Cathedral” and “An Adventure in Paris”, the main characters both experienced a great change in their lives with a mind-changing incident, and the changes happened at a distant place from where they were residing....   [tags: Short story, Guy de Maupassant, Meaning of life]

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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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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

- 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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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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Analysis Of ' Cathedral ' By Raymond Carver

- ... “Robert is characterized by the strength of his personality, and he serves accordingly…” (Nesset, pg.125). In fact Robert is able to prove to the narrator that any challenge can be mastered. “Robert’s handling of the situation, finally suggests that handicaps are first and foremost challenges to overcome” (Nesset, pg.125). The narrator once believed that Robert’s handicap was something that set him apart from everyone else, when in reality it only made him more open minded. Through Robert’s compassion, tolerance, and open mindedness despite his handicap, he was able to help the narrator to open up, and see in a way he could not before....   [tags: Fiction, Narrative, Symbol, Narrator]

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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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The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

- The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is one of the oldest churches in St. Louis. It is going to be a 100 years old with in a few months. There are many things that makes this church unique, First the two different designs that have been used in the exterior and the interior. The arches has an amazing art on them that makes them a pice of art for it self, However there are three domes they are colorful and has unique art pieces. This Church took around 83 years for it to bee done 7 years to the exterior to be finish and 76 years for the interior to be finish....   [tags: history, church, byzantine style ]

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Literary Devices in "Murder in the Cathedral"

- T.S Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral is well a respected drama composed of the life elements of faith, revenge, and the never-ending struggle for power. Two men, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Beckett, and King Henry II of England, display this ostentatious struggle for power. This dispute over ruling authority between the Church and the state is indicative of a main theme in Murder in the Cathedra, man versus god. Thomas Beckett serves as the representation of the power of God whereas King Henry II and his advisors serve as the governmental representations, or the power of man....   [tags: European Literature]

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Raymond Carvers Cathedral

- As with many short stories, Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” only has a few pages to develop his main character and create a scenario he or she must learn from or achieve something from or change because of. In such a short amount of space, word choice is integral in constructing a solid impression of the characters and their personalities in the reader’s mind. Carver’s simple use of language and sentence structure combined with his choice for point of view creates an intriguing tone and believable character interaction....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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Analysis Of Carver 's ' Cathedral '

- ... She attempted to do suicide, but survived. “Her officer – why should he have a name. he was the childhood sweetheart, and what more does he want. – came home from somewhere, found her, and called the ambulance” (34). The husband did not even care much for her. She felt very lonely. Before getting married, she met a guy name Robert. The wife worked for Robert as a reader because he was blind. While being married, Robert and the wife used to stay in touch by sending audiotapes back and fourth by telling him everything....   [tags: Marriage, Love, Wife, Husband]

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Analysis Of `` Cathedral And `` Robert The Blind Man ``

- ... As real as the ashes, as Victor’s father, sitting behind the seats. “I know how it is,” Thomas said. “I know you ain’t going to treat me any better than you did before. I know your friends will give you too much shit about it.” Victor was ashamed of himself. Whatever happened to the tribal ties, the sense of community. The only real thing he shared with anybody was a bottle and broken dreams. He owed Thomas something, anything. Before they part, Thomas asks victor to listen to one of his stories sometime in the future.  Victor agrees with a wave of his arm and departs.  Thomas went home and enters his house, then “heard a new story come to him in the silence afterwards.”  In the short s...   [tags: Short story, Fiction, The Blind, Woman]

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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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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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The Mental Impact of Physical Disabilities

- ... She and Robert developed such a good attitude that they continued their relationship for ten years through recorded tapes, where they would share details about what was going on in each other’s lives in great detail (Carver 102). Having a highly optimistic view on life has lead Robert to develop an overall glass-half-full attitude. In contrast there exists Hulga, who seems to let her overall misfortunes with health totally ruin her happiness. Unlike Robert, she possesses an overall negative attitude towards life that turns her into an unfriendly person....   [tags: Cathedral, Good Country People]

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Pantheon and Hagia Sophia

- Pantheon and Hagia Sophia Pantheon and Hagia Sophia are two extremely outstanding architectural pieces of their times. They have been built according to the traditions of those particular times. The materials used to built these buildings and the purpose for which they were used are all very important aspects and have been briefly covered in this report. Pantheon The statesman Agrippa built pantheon in 27 B.C. Then it was completely rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian. The Pantheon is remarkable for its size, its construction, and its design....   [tags: architecture, dome, 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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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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Sexy by Jhumpa Lahini

- 1. In Cathedral there is a blind man named Robert. I believe Robert was used to show just how blind or unaware the narrator is in regards to everyday insights such as general awareness of others thoughts and feelings and his own self-awareness. Simply put, there is more to discover than just what is on the surface, beneath that is where true understanding lies. The narrator remarks as soon as he meets Robert “A beard on a blind man. Too much, I say.” (Carver, 2013, p. 2682), and later “that the blind didn’t smoke…” (Carver, 2013, p....   [tags: infidelity, Jhumpa Lahiri, Cathedral, Sexy]

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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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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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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 Beauty Of Gothic Cathedrals

- ... In order to get more light into the church, he decided to decorate the wall with large stained-glass windows. Unlike earlier Romanesque style churches, Gothic churches emphasized height and verticality. But the engineering problem comes: how to support the heavy towering ceilings of stones with a super-tall and thin wall that mostly made of glass. Engineering breakthroughs always happen due to some brilliant innovations. In this case, there are 3 main innovations that make Gothic cathedral possible to build....   [tags: Gothic architecture, Stained glass]

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