Cathedral. A Place of Communion? “The men who began their life’s work on [cathedrals], they never lived to see the completion of their work. In that wise, bub, they’re no different from the rest of us, right?”(paragraph 96). In the short story Cathedral, written by Raymond Carver, a blind man, a friend of the narrator’s wife comes and stays with them overnight.
In “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the narrator struggles with an internal conflict that involves him never being able to be in a vulnerable or sensitive state, especially when he is with his wife. The narrator creates suspense by having the reader wait until the end to realize what the blind man was referring to when he states, “From all you’ve said about him, I can only conclude—” (Carver 35). The reader can observe that the blind man was explaining that the husband was missing out on all aspects of life and the little things the world has to offer. The husband was so closed-minded, that he was missing out on having a deeper connection with his wife. Throughout the story the reader can affirm that the wife has a deep, strong relationship with the blind man.
“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
The connection he has with the stories is so strong that he protects them with his life and doesn’t let anyone tell them or talk about them except himself. Frank expresses his love for books by spending hours on end in the library reading and learning about saints. Along with reading and learning about books Frank uses literature to get closer to people and build a connection with them. Books are like the key to Frank’s heart. Whenever Frank connects with someone though literature it opens up his heart and he forgets about all the troubles and hardship that he is experiencing.
The Crucible In the story, “The Crucible” John Proctor’s most important concern is his wife, Elizabeth Proctor. John says he only wants to please Elizabeth and is doing all he can to make her happy. He is trying to make up for committing adultery with Abigail when Abigail was working for Elizabeth. In Act two John yells at his wife for suspecting that he did things with Abigail that day he was alone with her. Even though John did at one point have feelings for Abigail, throughout the rest of the story he only worries about what happens to his family and his wife.
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. The author prepares readers for the enlightenment when Robert came for a visit and that is how cathedral came about. The narrator explains, “The TV showed this one cathedral” (110). In this scene, the narrator and Robert bonded about the appearance of the cathedral. Instantly, the narrator says to Robert, “Do you have any idea what a cathedral is?
She remember little bits and pieces from time to time, but then retreats to a place where she no longer recognizes her family even Noah, the love of her life. Noah patiently reads to the aging Allie from his notebook each day. As each day begins, she believes that her "friend" Noah is telling her someone else 's story. It is "their" story, but most often she does not remember. Though it breaks his heart to feel as if he is losing more of Allie each day, Noah continues to tell their story, and he finds great joy when she sees in him the man she married so many years
The narrator points out that Louise knows she will cry again for him when she sees his funeral, remembering his “kind, tender hands...the face that had never looked save with love upon her” (Chopin). Those sentiments show that her husband was not a cruel man but a kind one. With that information, it is still noted that “she had loved him—sometimes. Often she had not” (Chopin) which could mean her marriage was of convenience and not a choice. Even though this relationship may have been amicable Louise still struggles with this new emotion, that of
Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know.” (3), suggest that Meursault was not very close to his mother. These two sentences are the first impressions of Meursault. This point it is where readers can notice something is indeed wrong with him. The disconnection between Meursault and his mother provokes a hatred towards Meursault, especially from the prosecutor. The prosecutor argues against Meursault for his relationship with his mother than for his actual crime.
For to thee is this world given’” (145). Fogle says in his essay that Goodman Brown accepts his wife 's guilt without ever having seen her. Fogle has noted that they are mentioned three times in the opening paragraphs of the story, and he feels that “if Goodman Brown is dreaming the ribbon may be taken as part and parcel of his dream.”(416). At the black mass, Goodman Brown is astonished at the number of people he sees. Some of them are people he once recognized as God-fearing church members and respected members of the town; so he asks himself, “‘But where is Faith’” (146).
The Understanding of a Blind Man In the short “Cathedral” the narrator is the character that is being evaluated on how he changes his ways throughout the course of the story. In the story a blind man comes to visit after the death of his wife. When the narrator learns about this he is not thrilled about the visit. The narrator’s wife is all to excited about the visit which does cause some tension between the two. The narrator changes slowly through the course of the story, but he does make a huge change from being narrow minded to open minded.
Even though Robert cannot physically see the narrator’s wife, he is able to understand her a lot more as he listens to her through the tapes they mail back and forth between each other and have seemingly great in-depth conversations. The narrator makes it apparent that he is envious of their relationship as he reminisced about her poem. “In the poem, she talked about what she had felt at the time, about what went through her mind when the blind man touched her…” (par. 3). 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 reader can be sure that his family is concerned about him and his whereabouts, but he cannot reveal anything. In addition, soldiers may feel that they lose certain friendships or relationships because they were gone for so long. In the 2012 song “Some Nights” by artist Fun, there are mentions of war themes. The speaker questions his motives for anything in life, saying, “So this is it. I sold my soul for this?
This member told the group about how they were caught in a relationship for years without hope of a way out because of how much they depended on their long-term partner for financial and emotional support, affirmation, and validation, even though the relationship was also abusive. Several other members nodded along with the story, the latent content here being that they could relate or empathize with the situation presented. After the member finished telling their story, a previously silent member spoke up and said that they could relate, that they had been in a similar situation. This new member thanked the other member for sharing their story, saying that it had made them feel less alone and less “crazy”. This example of mutual aid exemplifies Group Building and Purposeful Use of Self as examined by Steinberg (2014).
If a recorded history of her brother’s activities were available to Clink, she would be able to not only be able to reconnect with her family and friends, but she would be able to talk with them and ask them for support in her time of need. With this in mind, as Clink speaks about her slow transition into analyzing her brother’s past, she refers to this experience in a repetitive symbolic statement, Clink says “I needed something else. I couldn’t face that void empty handed” (143). Consistently, Clink compares her feelings to a “void” which illustrates how her depression affects her daily life and those around her, causing a form of what could be considered a weakness. Clink’s understatement in this instance thereby solidifies the belief that