A Comparison Of Cathedral By Raymond Carver And Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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Cathedral By Raymond Carver (1981) and Everyday Use by Alice Walker (1972) have many differences, but also many similarities such as a specific character that has personal growth and a common mediator between characters. Some differences would include an unhappy ending versus a happy ending and symbolism. In Alice Walker’s everyday use the common mediator Maggie wants to keep the peace between Momma and Dee, both are strong characters, by not picking sides and having a strong connection between both siblings similar to Robert and the narrator/husband in Cathedral. the Wife cared about both her husband and Robert, her friend/pen pal of ten years. When the husband came off rude she had forced him to be polite and would do all she could to make …show more content…

She is intimidated by Dee’s intelligence and would not debate with her, but then Momma says, “When I looked at her like that something hit me in the top of my head and ran down to the soles of my feet. Just like when I am in church and the spirit of God touches me and I get happy and shout. I did something I had never done before: hugged Maggie to me then dragged her on into the room, snatched the quilts out of Miss Wangero’s hands and dumped them into Maggies lap,”(p.76, par. 7) and in that instant you can feel that she has become a stronger person as a whole, just the same in Cathedral, when the Husband hears Robert is coming to visit and is blind he has no sympathy nor does he want Robert there. By the end of the book when they finish drawing with their eyes closed Robert says “I think that is it. I think you got it. Take a look. What do you think? but I had my eyes closed, I thought I would keep them that way for a little longer. I thought it was something I ought to do, well he said are you looking? My eyes were still closed. I was in my house, I knew that, but I didn't feel like I was inside anything. It is really something, I said,”(p. 89, par. 11) he kept his eyes closed seeing through new light, seeing as a blind man sees and grows spiritually as a

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