Both stories represent different interpretations of blindness/reality vs. expectations concepts of the relationships between real life and ideas in similar ways. In both “Cathedral” and “Araby” the authors tell stories about how people make their own judgments in their own mind that different from reality. In the story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, the narrator is not blind but he never looked at his wife’s need as being her childhood sweetheart. “Over the years, she put all kinds of stuff on tapes and sent the tapes to the blind man including about her divorce” (Carver 138). This shows the husband’s being blind, not knowing his wife very well.
In Araby, an unnamed young boy finds himself obsessively in love with one of his mate’s sisters. The boy desperately desires an intimate relationship with her and he begins to think about how his uninteresting, daily life is preventing this love. After finally talking to Mangan’s sister, the narrator declares, “What innumerable follies laid waste my waking and sleeping thoughts after that evening! I wished to annihilate the tedious intervening days. I chafed against my work at school.
In the novel, the image of a barn is one that is used repeatedly to introduce new concepts in Estrella’s life, symbolizing her discovery of a new sense of self and voice. The barn may also be a symbol of the collective experiences of a generation of Hispanic migrant workers, portraying their hardships and collective journey as well as Estrella’s personal development. More than a decrepit building, the barn represents a space where Estrella can complete her transformation and empowerment. The structure is described as a "cathedral," a place of religious contemplation (Viramontes 9). Estrella continues to use the building as a place for reflection.
One can see in “Araby” the Catholic middle class, to which Joyce belonged, represented by the narrator, driven by the all-consuming focus on home rule and freedom from England. “The Sisters” suggests Joyce’s criticism of the Catholic Church, that it places a burden on the people of Ireland, as the priest’s death allows for the narrator to freely think on the relationship with Father Flynn. Joyce’s ill-defined narrators of “The Sisters” and “Araby” represent the Irish people and their struggle against external oppression and internal confusion. The internal conflict and epiphany create a state in which one allow for Joyce to extol the virtue of removing dogma of all kinds from
In “Araby” by James Joyce the protagonist learns through the experience of true love about the disappointments in life. The narrator starts the story off by describing the main character’s neighborhood/living situation. James Joyce describes the setting on North Richmond Street, it's said to be “blind” with a two-story house, the other houses "gazed at one another with brown imperturbable faces"(88). The neighborhood also described as unexciting and quiet. The neighborhood contains "dark muddy lanes," "dark dripping gardens where odors arose from the ashpits" and "dark odorous stables."
Pablo Neruda was critical of any kind of political or social oppressions. His poem ‘Keeping Quiet’ is a call for introspection for all human beings who have divided themselves on the basis of race, language and nationalities. The poem is presented in the form of an exercise for meditating in silence. In these moments of silence one can break the shackles of discrimination, hatred, violence and create an exotic moment of togetherness. In such inactivity and silence we can feel the strength of humanity.
He used similes, personification, and sibilance to describe the view of the girl; the simile that was first noticed was in the beginning as he said,”she walks in beauty, like the night” which is openly comparing the beautiful girl to the equally beautiful night (1). There are a few touches of personification through “She Walks In Beauty.” The first example of this is when ”heaven to gaudy day denies,” in which case, heaven is being personified (6). Byron speaks of heaven as a human that has the ability to deny something, when it’s actually not a being, but a place. Heaven is a place that is known as a place where everything is right, nothing is wrong, this helps to represent the overall purpose of the poem because one of the main themes is affection and heaven is a sweet place that we need affection toward in order to get there. A different kind of imagery that is found in the poem is sibilance.
In addition, the author extensively uses personification in this poem. It is worth noting that using personification in this scenario makes a sense of familiarity to the readers. Speaking in the tone of first person to call for help in person instead of a plain description of a siren can somehow arouse the empathy of the readers. The technique of enjambment accelerates such haste to make sure that readers can feel the ambient tone alongside the empathy of reading in first person. Thus, the enjambment makes the scenario vivid by adding hasty tone and personification.