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    “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

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    The Cathedral by Raymond Carver is the story of a man, the narrator, who meet a blind person named Robert for the first time. He does not want to meet Robert, but because Robert is an old friend of his wife and an important person to her, he has no choice. During Robert’s visit, the husband is so uncomfortable and feeling jealous about his wife friendship with Robert. We can feel his jealousy, while the Robert and the narrator’s wife having conversations in the beginning of the story, “And then my

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    as it is in “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver (1981). The title suggests the story is about an actual cathedral, however, it is about two men who are blind, one physically and one figuratively. One of the men is Robert, the physically blind man, a friend of the narrator’s wife; the other is the narrator himself, the figuratively blind man. Carver displays the development of the naïve narrator throughout the story through narration, a moment of epiphany, and symbolism. Carver uses first-person narration

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    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

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    Popular Mechanics by Raymond Carver, Carver creates a scene where the setting is dark and stormy outside, and is also “getting dark on the inside.” A couple in a relationship where the husband is leaving his wife is created, as shown by the wife spitting out words to him such as, “I’m so glad you’re leaving!” to her husband. However, before the husband leaves, he makes one request to his wife; “I want the baby.” A conflict is constructed using this statement, which allows Carver to use literary elements

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    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

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    In his short story, “Little Things,” Raymond Carver uses a mixture of imagery and symbolism to argue that the main characters of his story do not have their child’s best interests at heart and, therefore, do notgh deserve the child. Its similarity to the well-known Bible story of Solomon’s choice also helps Carver make his point. In the story, King Solomon is presented with a child and two women whom both claim that they are this child’s real mother. Solomon asks for a sword and says he will cut

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    Raymond Carver was a blue collar worker turned poet turned writer in the early 1970s. He wrote about what he knew. His stories were about ordinary people going through difficult times. He wrote in a minimalist style about the blue collar life. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines minimalism as “a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme sparseness and simplicity.” Raymond Carver’s short story Little Things is an example of the use of minimalism through

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    an individual can do. Though what happens when a blind man can see more than his counterpart? Other than being an obvious juxtaposition you get Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral”. “Cathedral” is told from a first-person perspective by an unnamed narrator. The narrator is portrayed at the start of the short story as an ignorant and prejudice man. Carver uses a theme of blindness to convey experiences are what overcome prejudice in “Cathedral”. The narrator’s wife arranged a meeting with an old

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    In Raymond Carvers, short story titled “Cathedral” is about a story of a man (narrator) journey of enlightenment to gain true sight. Through, the creative use of characterization and symbolism Carver is able to bring forth issues regarding materialism. Examples of characterization include, Robert (blind-man) who has the ability to see beyond his physical blindness as well as the narrator who isn’t physically blind but lacks true sight and his wife who has obtained true sight. In the begging of the

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    Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” is narrated by a man who is unhappy that his wife is friends with a blind man. He has not ever known any blind people in his life and he has many ill conceived conceptions about them and how they perceive the world. The narrator unfolds the story slowly to show his own lack of perception with regard to his wife and the world around him. He comes to realize that perhaps the man that cannot see with his eyes can “see” reality better than he can. The narrator makes clear

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    In the story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the narrator was going through a major personal transformation. At the beginning of the story, the narrator has a negative personality. He lacks compassion and is jealous of his wife’s relationship with Robert, the blind man. Until the end of the story, Robert had changed the narrator’s mind about his detached emotionally from others. The narrator’s wife, from the beginning of the story, was telling him about the visiting of a blind man, whose she used

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    In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” he writes a story about a husband's journey to his epiphany. Robert, a blind man, teaches the husband how to see without his eyes. Often a person with the ability to see takes this for granted, leaving them only to see what is on the outside rather than seeing people, and things for what they really are. In this short story, Carver conveys the narrators epiphany through the symbol of the cathedral. Carver develops a story with symbolism throughout his story, beginning

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    In “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, it is a story about an interaction between the author, the author’s wife, and the wife’s blind friend, Robert. The blind friend was staying the night at the author’s house and he did not like the idea of it, but since it was his wife’s friend he dealt with it. The author gave characteristics to the blind guy and himself. The author assumed that blind people can’t do anything like a normal person does. The author said that “Did you have a good train ride?’ I said

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    In Cathedral Raymond Carver narrates his short story through the first- person point of view, providing clear insight into the narrator’s experience with the Robert, the blind man. The narrator, who remains unnamed throughout the story, reveals his thoughts through his tone. Carver’s utilization of first-person point of view allows the reader to better comprehend the narrator’s mood, in addition to his inner traits. This permits the reader to understand the narrator’s personality, knowing the narrator

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    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. He was not seeing the reality of life even though, she

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    In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” the narrator in the story a man who could not clearly see the world around him, has a limited awareness about blindness. He went from being a little prejudiced and superficial to having a break through by socializing with a blind man. Beneath the surface he finds a revelation about himself. In the beginning of the story the protagonist the narrator in “Cathedral” seems narrow- minded and an insensitive person. He is prejudice and clearly has some flaws about how he

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    Franz Kafka’s short story The Metamorphosis, becoming a beetle gives Gregor insight on his family. Raymond Carver’s short story The Cathedral, shows Bub, a once judgmental man, the insight on blindness. Before their changes, they were blinded by what was in front of them. Life changes cause Gergor’s and Bub’s perspective to differ from what they once were. In the beginning, both characters are content with life, until changes take place. Bub is happy with his wife, but feels a pit of jealousy as

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    In Raymond Carver’s short story, “Cathedral,” Carver shows that people can change throughout time. Upon meeting the blind man, the narrator undergoes character development throughout the story, going from a very philistine, insensitive, blunt character to a polite, interested, perceptive man. Before the narrator met the blind man, he was a very impudent and narrow-minded person, but when he met the man it was as though a switch flipped, and he was opened to a different lifestyle. Our first

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    In the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the narrator describes the night when his wife’s blind friend, Robert, comes to visit. From the very beginning of the story, the husband is not thrilled about the upcoming visit and makes sure to express his disdain in various ways. This is because he does not understand Robert’s disability and how it both has and has not affected his way of life. It is because of this that the husband can be seen as a “blind” man as well. In the beginning of

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