To begin with, the two stories are told in the narrators’ points of view whose names coincidentally are kept anonymous to the reader throughout the stories. This is an aspect that creates the narrator as a character who is struggling not only to find their identity and understand themselves, but also exposes the difficulties they face when trying to understand and relate with other characters. For instance, in the story ‘Cathedral’ one is able to see how the narrator has various misconceptions towards his wife and Robert. “In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs.” From this statement you can see that the narrator had various misconceptions towards Robert based on stereotypes he had acquired from watching movies. In the story ‘Sonny’s blues’...
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...and ‘Sonny’s Blues’ are two stories which have similarly addressed the issues of internal and interpersonal conflicts that most people experience in their day to day lives by using the two different narrator’s misconceptions about other characters. Through these narrators involving themselves in their rival’s worlds directly at the end, they come to understand the reality of the situation, rather than continue living under their worlds which have imprisoned them psychologically. Although the two stories have two different plots, the narrators experience relatively similar personal and interpersonal struggles. At the end, the two stories have a similar message in that unless one comes out of their own world and put themselves in other people’s worlds, they will always remain prisoners and would find it hard to understand and relate with those closely related to them.
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