Stereotypes In 'Cathedral' By Raymond Carver

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Although the term stereotype was brought into English in the 20th century, now it is widely used everywhere. Generally stereotypes are simplified images or thoughts of a certain kind of person or thing. Usually a person who has stereotypes characterizes and then categorizes people by their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or physical appearances. Stereotypes have a negative impact on people who are engaging it. The short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver along with “Flight Patterns” by Sherman Alexie show those negative impacts of stereotypes that not only affect the victims of stereotyping but also change the characters’ personality negatively. The main characters in both stories dismiss and judge others based on their own perceptions about different types of people but in the end they realize that because of having the stereotypes so deep-rooted in their minds caused them trouble accepting the reality. Although these two stories are different, there’s one thing that they both contain. They both deal with characters that misjudge other people. The main character in “Cathedrals” is a perfect example of how the stereotypes can affect a person and his/her personality. The narrator wasn’t happy about the visitor, his wife’s old friend coming to stay with them for a few days. He found…show more content…
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