Symbols In Raymond Carver's Cathedral

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Significance comes from the simplest of ideas. In the short story, “Cathedral”, written by Raymond Carver, he uses two very important symbols to convey his ideas and to create themes. Carver’s development of these symbols can be seen as they evolve throughout the story. Blindness and communion are important as they create a new layer. Literal blindness can be seen in “Cathedral” as Robert was introduced to the narrator. Although he was blind, Robert was a sympathetic man who was insightful. He also demonstrates wisdom and friendliness. This characterization is important, because ironically, the narrator himself was figuratively blind. His blindness was caused by ignorance, prejudice, and social awkwardness. He did not understand others, and
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