Can a person learn something from communicating with someone else? For some people connecting with a new person is difficult and one might question the idea of connecting with a new person. For example, in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” The narrator is unhappy about the blind man Robert coming to stay at his house. Then, the narrator starts to enjoy Robert’s company. While they are watching television, Robert tells the narrator to fetch a piece of heavy paper.
“I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And being blind bothered me” (104) The narrator has no knowledge of experiencing seeing a blind person. “My idea of blindness came from the movies” (104). With this, readers could sense that the narrator is jealous, grouchy, and angry that Robert’s presence affects the narrator’s wife because of the connection between both the wife and Robert.
A late-night program about cathedrals is on. The narrator, realizing Robert cannot see the pictures of cathedrals on the screen attempts to describe what a cathedral looks like. However, he finds himself unable to find the words to properly describe one, so Robert suggests drawing one together, and by sharing this experience with Robert, the narrator finally understands Robert’s world and how it is not much different than his own. Through this story, Carver uses humor to show the character traits of the narrator and enhance his relationship with his other wife and Robert, and by doing this creates more realistic, in-depth character. At the beginning of this short story, the narrator introduces his relationship with his wife, her relationship with Robert, and their backstory.
While he had mastered this, the narrator had a difficult time learning how to do it. When he finally gets it, he has an epiphany and realizes that “[i]t’s really something”(136). Another reason why the cathedral is a symbol is because it is a place of communion. When Robert and the narrator drew the picture together, touching hands, and placing themselves in each other’s shoes, they shared a bond. A
The Stanley, from “A Streetcar Named Desires” is selfish characters. He person lacking consideration for others in the short story. His buddy Mitch has a sick mother at home that she told him to go out play poker card with his buddies so, he did. He explains how selfish he is when he say "Then why don't you stay home with her" (1835)? This show how selfish was Stanley to Mitch because his was plan to go home to see
“We’ll draw one together”. (110) As Robert held the narrator’s hand, he started to draw a cathedral and he could see it in his mind. He asked the narrator to close his eyes while he was drawing. When Robert thought they were finished with the drawing, he asked him to take a look at it and tell him what he thought. (130) The narrator didn’t want to open his eyes, he could still see the cathedral in his mind and described it as “really
He talks about being alone in his apartment wing. He talks about not knowing what is true to him at this young age. He also talks about how he is not as free as his white male professor. It is clear that he could be talking about segregation and racial discrimination back then. This poem has a hopeful tone towards the end when the speaker expresses that although they are different from each other, they can still learn from each other.
The author uses language in this passage to show that Tom wanted to go the movies, but feels that this project is more important. In the quote, he “resists for a moment”, this shows the conscious choice that Tom made to stay at home. He also realizes that as the “door opening narrows”, so does the opportunity for him to have a nice night with his wife. When the door opening narrows a current of “warm air rushed past him”. Warmth often signifies good things, when he allows the door to close the door to goodness also closes on him.
In the novel “Cathedral” By Raymond Carver, many themes and motifs are subtlety hinted throughout, a major motif that stood out to me was the presence of sight throughout the story and what deeper meaning it has towards the characters. “Cathedral” is a short story about a dissatisfied man who timidly allows his wife’s old friend stay at their house after his wife passes away. The man’s name is Robert and he happens to be blind this unsettles the narrator because of his preconceived notions and expectations of what a blind person should be like. As the story goes on the reader realizes that maybe the narrator may be the one who actually cannot see the world around him, which leads to an Epiphany. Blindness is a dominant motif in this story, and it serves multiple metaphorical functions.
Jim blames himself for it and wants to go to the police to tell them what happened, but his parents try to get him to keep his mouth shut and tells him they are going to move again. That is proof that his parents want to keep him isolated, run from their problem, and blame him for them constantly moving. That results in another big argument and Jim expressing some of his emotions. In the book Catcher in the Rye, Holden goes to several bars to get drunk and talk to people. He even attempts to try to have sex with a prostitute one night after drinking but never has the courage to do it.
The grandmother is pleading for her life and asks if the Misfit will shoot her, he says, “I would hate to have to” (O’Connor 7) On the other hand, while David is spying on the Tomkeys, he thinks, “Because they had no TV, the Tomkeys were forced to talk during dinner. They had no idea how puny their lives were, and so they were not ashamed that a camera would have found them uninteresting” (Sedaris 720). He is also setting a suspicious mood on what he is going to do next. His choices are to tell the Tomkeys that their lives were puny and insignificant or he can tell them nothing and be their friend. He is also a suspicious character because reader are unknowing of his plans.
After learning this he becomes quiet and nice towards nurse Ratched. But before learning that she had say in when he could get out he used to go against her orders and laws. “He drags his armchair out of the corner to in the front of the tv set then switches on the set and sits down” (Kesey, page 143). “I said Mr. Murphy, that you are suppose to be working during these hours” (page 144). In this scene he pulls a chair in front of the television to watch the baseball game eventho nurse Ratched said
The rising action begins when Robert arrives and the room fills with awkwardness as the narrator, his wife, and Robert engage in small talk. The complication is felt when the silence is interrupted by the narrator’s interjection, “Which side of the train did you sit on, by the way?” (pars. 25, 26). The night continues with dinner, drinks, and indulgent activities, and the emotional conflict of discomfort and goodwill leads to a climax with late night television. The suspense is heightened when the narrator’s wife falls asleep and Robert says “We haven’t had a chance to talk.
Robert joins along for the first time. As the night comes to a close, all three of the characters are sitting on the couch watching television, specifically a documentary on Cathedrals. The narrator curiously asks Robert if he knew how to describe a Cathedral. Unsure, Robert tells him to draw one for him so he can better understand. The narrator puts Robert’s hand on his so that he can feel the motion of him drawing.
In the movie, Daisy is seen as weak and needy, she also is more romantic with Gatsby. She is less shallow, when her and Gatsby are in his home, she cries over how beautiful the shirts are, however Nick tells the audience that her real reason was because of the time she has missed with Gatsby.. In the book Tom Book is a jerk, he consistently is making racist and sexist comments causing those around him to dislike him. Although he is a bad guy, he does not tell Wilson that Gatsby is the reason his wife Myrle is dead after hitting him with his car. In the movie Tom is still a jerk, but the racist and sexist jokes were removed because they are considered not socially acceptable in today’s time period.