In the Raymond Carver stories “Cathedral” and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” communication plays a major role in developing the story. In this essay I will analyze how the theme of communication plays both similar and different roles in developing the meaning of these two stories to further understand how communication effects the characters. Communication is an important part of the story to understand because it gives the reader a better understanding of the moral of the story as well as important life influences of the author. “Cathedral” and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” are excellent to stories to compare their theme of communication because communication gives each story a unique meaning, but both stories use communication in different ways to do so. By exploring the different types of communication in these two stories it will be easier to understand the moral meaning of the stories but also how different types of communication can be more effective than verbal communication. In “Cathedral” a lack of communication between the narrator and his wife …show more content…
In “Cathedral” Robert who is a piece of his wife’s past is putting up a major communication block between the stubborn, uncompassionate narrator. In “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” alcohol, pride, and a relationship that doesn’t seem to have much love get in the way of a couple attempting to communicate to one another and their peers what they believe love is creating a more distant relationship. Both of these stories tell the reader that being an open-minded person will benefit a person in being an effective communicator. The differences in how the two stories do this is important because it gives the reader two different scenarios of how much can be communicated to one another when both parties are open to any type of
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Without sincere communication and bonding, people quickly grow hopeless, confused, and even mentally insane. Although Mildred and Montag speak to each other, their talks are dry, short, and shallow. An aimless conversation does not serve a purpose in connecting human beings. Instead, it completes the opposite, wasting time. People must adequately connect with others in their relationships to maintain healthy interconnection and show dedication.
Jaime Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, demonstrates the importance of communication in relationships at any age, with any people. Communication is extremely important for keeping relationships healthy and thriving. Lack of communication can cause arguments, stress, anxiety, and failed relationships. Henry’s childhood relationship with his father is negatively affected by their lack of communication. This lack of communication was caused by a language barrier, which affected their father-son relationship forever.
In Cathedral, the speaker at first is very uncomfortable with the idea of having a blind man stay at his house. He is a very shallow person, never gives much thought to anything, and he does not try to connect to his wife on a deeper level. At the end of the story, the blind man and the speaker are alone, and the blind man asks him what a cathedral looks like. The speaker says that he cannot describe it, that he does not believe in God, so a cathedral would not have much importance to him. The blind man then has the speaker draw what a cathedral looks like, and he placed his hand on top of the speaker’s while he drew.
The author use of the title “Cathedral” was misleading at first. “Cathedral” is about a husband who had an interesting experience with his wife’s blind friend. The narrator, also known as the husband, had difficulty understanding other people thoughts and personal feelings. The narrator knew how important the blind man is to his wife, yet he still makes careless jokes about him. “Maybe I could take him bowling” was a comment made by the narrator after finding out that the blind man was staying over his house.
Within the beginning of Cathedral, the narrator who happens to be the husband, starts to describe his wife’s friendship with a blind man known as Robert. This blind man and the wife had something the husband’s marriage lacked–communication. He could not understand how the blind man Robert was able to marry, have sex and sleep together with his wife, Beulah. The husband started felt sorry for Robert: Imagine a woman who could never see herself as she was seen in the eyes of her loved ones (Carter 262).
Communication is one of the most important aspects of human life. Without communication, we would be a primitive society of wild animals, unable to cooperate and achieve great feats, such as building the Pyramids, landing on the Moon, or organizing a democracy. All people rely on communication to express ideas that motivate positive societal and political change. Yet not everybody communicates in the same way. There are several thousand languages that people speak; there are several hundred thousand people around the world that suffer from disabilities such and blindness or deafness that require special means of communications such as braille or sign language.
In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” written in 1983, the author points out that empathy and perspective are the only way to truly experience profound emotion. The narrator is struggling is sucked into his own comfort zone, he drowns his dissatisfaction on life, marriage, and job in alcohol. A man of limited awareness breaks through his limitations by socializing with a blind man. Despite Roberts physical limitations, he is the one who saved narrator from himself and helped him to find the ones vies of the world.
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.
Raymond Carver 's texts work together to show that by accepting the help of others the characters are better able to understand their own needs and struggles. Americans are easily blinded by their comfortable middle class lives and need to be reminded, what it means to have hardships through a new perspective. In "Cathedral", the husband
In his contemporary short story, “Cathedral,” Raymond Carver tells the story of an unnamed narrator, his wife, and an old friend, a blind man named Robert. Robert has come to visit the narrator’s wife, who is quite excited to see this man whom she hasn’t seen in ten years, yet the same can’t be said of the narrator who is noticeably and vocally uncomfortable about his visit. The story is told through the narrator’s first person point of view, showcasing his thoughts and the events that take place when Robert comes to visit. Carver highlights the theme of having the ability to see, but not truly seeing, through his use of colloquial language, and creation of relatable characters. “Cathedral” begins with the narrator informing the audience
As the story develops, the narrator grows to like Robert, and as the story ends we see the two draw a cathedral together which allows the narrator see a new side of everything and allow for him to be more connected to the blind man and his wife. This plot is commonly seen in many different media’s, but it’s used more cleverly here, as it allows for characters to flow with the story while not sacrificing the story being mediocre. In saying this, the plot of this story is very character-centric and is vital to helping to advance the story. Within this story the character
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?
Raymond Carver is said to be one the most influential American writers and poets in the 20th century, especially in his works of short stories. One of his most famous pieces is “Cathedral.” This well-known short story is the final piece in Carver’s collection Cathedral published in 1983. Carver includes much symbolism through the story’s plot, structure, point of view, tone, and character build. The depictions of each character’s experiences, the irony in the story, and hearing the narrator’s point of view in “Cathedral” work in harmony to support its themes that prejudice and ignorance as well as the nature of reality are present and change throughout the course of the story, and all lead to a strong character development by the close.
Narrated in the first person, Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” is bound to unfold due to the thoughts and feelings of one of the main characters, the husband. Expectedly, the conflict revolves around him and the way he responds to the conflict leads
This clearly specifies that communication depends upon content and relationship. • Also, in many scenes the protagonist used non verbal messages such as writing HELP on the beach and creation fires to signal ships and boats. This showcases that interpersonal communication can be both verbal and non-verbal in