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  • Raymond Carver - 1376 Words
    Analysis of ”Why, Honey?” ”Why, honey? (…) Kneel is what I say, kneel down is what I say.” This is how a man, who wants to control another human sounds; a man who is trying to exert some power and control over his fellow human beings. The reasons for this lust for power could be many, and some of them are mentioned in the short story “Why, honey?” The story “Why, honey?” is written by Raymond Carver in 1976. It’s a short story written in a letter format, which means it has a 1st person...
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  • Cathedral (by Raymond Carver)
    Cathedral: A Lesson for the Ages Raymond Carver's short story, "Cathedral," portrays a story in which many in today's society can relate. We are introduced from the first sentence of the story to a man that seems to be perturbed and agitated. As readers, we are initially unsure to the reasoning's behind the man's discomfort. The man, who seems to be a direct portrayal of Raymond Carver himself, shows his ignorance by stereotyping a blind man by the name of Robert, who has come to stay with...
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  • Men In Raymond Carver Stories
    Men in Raymond Carver Stories - Will you please be quiet please? TASK 1: Write a paragraph that outlines your general observations of the male characters in “Will you please be quiet please?” All the male character in Raymond Carver’s collection of short stories: “Will you please be quiet please.” seem to portray disconnection and neglect in their relationships with family, especially their wives. For example the reader can notice, the objectifying of the waitress (his girlfriend) by...
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  • Cathedral by Raymond Carver - 1272 Words
    “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver This minimalistic story is written by the famous author, Raymond Carver. Carver was born in 1938 in the small town of Clatskanie, Oregon, to an alcoholic father who worked at a sawmill and his mother who worked as a waitress. After graduating from high school, Carver and his family moved to California, where he did not continue his education until 1958, where he started taking writing classes with the writer John Gardner, who introduced him to the fascinating...
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  • Response to "The Cathedral" by Raymond Carver
     I fear this essay may come off a bit choppy due to the fact that while reading “The Cathedral” by Raymond Carver I had a lot of different questions and thoughts running through my head. The first thing I noticed was that the narrator never really uses names and that confused me. Making the story difficult to navigate and raising the question, why leave character names a mystery until later? What purpose does it serve? We never learn the names of the narrator, the wife or the officer, most of...
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  • The Cathedral by Raymond Carver - 1071 Words
    CATHEDRAL by Raymond Carver Raymond Carver, the author of Cathedral was born in Oregon in 1938. He came from a poor family. At the age of 40 he was one of the most promising writers of his generation and was also near ruin in everyway from alcoholism. He quit drinking but lung cancer took over- taking his life at the age of 50. He wrote 3 collections of stories: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”,“ Cathedral” and “Elephant”, poems and essays. He was considered a minimalist until...
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  • Fat by Raymond Carver - 565 Words
    I am deeply ambivalent about Raymond Carver. My beef with this particular dead guy has less to do with his fine stories than with his 1980s-era apotheosis into an academic demigod, his canonization as St. Ray of the MFA programs, the way his works and style became paradigms to be slavishly imitated by a generation (maybe two generations now) of American writing students, a process of sowing that came to barren fruition in the bland, flat, snowy fields of zero-degree Minimalist prose. All this...
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  • Raymond Carver Cathedral - 3163 Words
    Raúl Carvajal Díaz Francia Rojas North-American Authors 27 November 2013 The Sun Can Not be Covered With a Finger Inside Carver’ Life and Writing Style Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, on May 25, 1938, and grew up in Yakima, Washington. His father, a skilled sawmill worker from Arkansas, was a fisherman and a heavy drinker too. Carver´s mother worked as a waitress and a retail clerk. Raymond Carver was educated at local schools in Yakima. He had two children during his...
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  • Raymond Carver as Minimalist - 1616 Words
    Raymond Carver’s fingerprints Every writer has a different way of presenting his/her ideas to readers, and that’s what makes each of them so distinctive. A famous late 20th century American short story writer and poet, Raymond Carver, has often been described by critics as a minimalist. According to an Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary a minimalist is a person who uses very simple ideas in their work (“Minimalist”, 881). Raymond Carver wrote a lot of great short stories and poems. Most of...
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  • Raymond Carver "Cathedral" - 864 Words
    Ryan Collins ENG 102 Section N02 February 10, 2014 An Interpretation of Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” tells the story in first person narration, of a man that at first when confronted with the notion of his wife’s blind friend Robert visiting them at their home, is hung up on the fact that he is blind and cannot really relate to that concept. The narrator’s wife became acquainted with Robert prior to her first marriage, which failed due to her then husband’s...
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  • Raymond Carver Cathedral Response
    The story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver is about one man's understanding and acceptance of a blind man. The narrator represents the story's dominant theme of overcoming prejudice of the blind through personal experience as well as mutual respect. The narrator, who remains nameless, holds deeply unfounded beliefs and stereotypes of what a blind person should be, yet over a relatively short period of time he develops a bond with the blind man, whom at first he privately mocked. The narrator's...
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  • Raymond Carver Cathedral - 315 Words
    11/13/2012 Journal 4 HUM310 1 of This is a short story about an interaction between an unnamed narrator and his wife’s friend. The narrator’s wife had a friendship relationship with Robert, a blind man. I can relate this story to two different plays. One play is the narrator’s wife relationship with a blind man. The second play is the relationship of the narrator and the blind man. At first the narrator didn’t fully accept Robert relationship with his wife. The narrator changed...
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  • The Cathedral- Raymond Carver (Effect on Narrator)
    Cohoon1 Shanna Cohoon Mr. Robinson English 1006r November 21st, 2012 Robert’s effect on the narrator “The Cathedral” is a short story written in 1963 by Raymond Carver. “The Cathedral” includes three characters: the narrator, the narrator’s wife, and a blind friend of the wife’s, Robert. Robert has an effect on the narrator from the very beginning but the effect changes as the story develops. At the beginning of the story, the narrator is very bitter about his wife’s blind friend. As the...
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  • Carver - 2144 Words
    Raymond Carver Michael Tache English 210-12 April 28, 2011 Raymond Clevie Carver, Jr. was born on May 25, 1938 and died on August 2, 1988. Carver was an American short story writer and poet. Carver is considered a major American writer of the late 20th century and also a major force in the revitalization of the short story in the 1980s. Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, a mill town on the Columbia River, and grew up in Yakima, Washington. His father, a sawmill worker from Arkansas,...
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  • Through the Eyes of the Blind in Cathedral by Raymond Carver
    Through the Eyes of the Blind in Cathedral by Raymond Carver You can never seem to know what's going on in another ones life, unless you put your feet in there shoes, so to judge, is simply ignorance. Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" is a story about how the narrator is uncomfortable with having his wife's blind friend, Robert, over. Roger has lost his wife, and to cope with her death, he planned to visit the narrator's wife. Without any knowledge whatsoever on how to act in accompany towards a...
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  • Alcohol Viewed Through the Eyes of Raymond Carver
    Alcohol Viewed Through the Eyes of Raymond Carver Some people feel that alcohol is a substance that can be used to escape reality and live in a world where there are no dilemmas or problems that must be solved. Whether the alcohol is abused or just used in moderation, many people are drawn to the several aspects it has to offer. One example of someone who follows these characteristics is the very famous and talented writer, Raymond Carver. Raymond's use of alcohol is clearly displayed not...
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  • Carvers Cathedral - 1004 Words
    The Blind leading the Blind In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” a blind man (Robert) opens the eyes of the narrator that is blinded by ignorance. In the beginning of the story the narrator points out numerous faults of the other characters. This would lead the reader to believe that the narrator has it all together. It is soon discovered that behind the narrator’s ignorant accusations there is a plethora of blindness, ignorance, and jealousy. Robert is really the most capable person in this story...
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  • Chekhov and Carver - 579 Words
    Throughout Anton Chekhov’s A Transgression and Raymond Carver’s Little Things, they show many examples of real life struggles that reflect on the world in which they live. Three of the main real life struggles seen in the text are guilt, tensions in the relationships, and loss. Guilt is the consequence of making mistakes, and is one of the real life issues, shown by the authors in these texts. Throughout Chekhov’s A Transgression we are shown how guilt is a real life struggle. The Collegiate...
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  • Point of View in Cathedral by Carver
    The Epiphany Prompt #2: How does point of view in “Cathedral” determine the plot? What it means to “see” another frequently depends on the maturity level of the viewer. This point is powerfully made by Raymond Carver in his short story “Cathedral” about a man who is navigating life “blind”, despite having normal vision. Carver tells his story using the husband’s point of view as the husband meets his wife’s long time friend, Robert, a man who , despite being physically blind, sees life...
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  • Review of Raymond Carver's Cathedral
    Cathedral Essay Written by the contemporary American author Raymond Carver, in 1981, the short story “Cathedral” illustrates a man’s experience that allows him to understand the world around him. Although some particular events seem unimportant, the story, through careful analysis of the characters, reveals that authors idea that the physical ability to see does not make one person superior to someone who cannot see. ...
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  • Raymond Carver's Short Stories
    Raymond Carver’s Short Stories In reading both stories “Mine” and “Little Things” and another which is basically the same as the second story “Little Things” but with a different name “Popular Mechanics”. “Mind was written in 1977, “Popular Mechanics” which was rewritten in 1981, and finally Mr. Carver retitled the story as “Little Things”. The original story was rewritten with subtle small changes and it changed the direction in which the reader focuses his attention. All of these small...
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  • Raymond Carver's Cathedral - 969 Words
    As with many short stories, Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" only has a few pages to develop his main character and create a scenario he or she must learn from or achieve something from or change because of. In such a short amount of space, word choice is integral in constructing a solid impression of the characters and their personalities in the reader's mind. Carver's simple use of language and sentence structure combined with his choice for point of view creates an intriguing tone and believable...
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  • Raymond Carver's Change in Style
    Raymond Carver’s Change in Style Raymond Carver is probably best known for his minimalist style. A lot of his stories followed this style of writing. He was dedicated to his short stories and was even quoted as saying he was “hooked on writing short stories” (Carver, Maturity: Cathedral 2). One of the reasons he wrote short stories and used his minimalist style was because of his life. He had other jobs so he worked a lot of the time and wrote in his spare time which made writing short...
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  • Raymond Carver's Cathedral - 984 Words
    An Analysis of Cathedral Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" appears to be a simple visit between a man's wife and her long time friend Robert, but Carver is essentially creating a newly established friendship between Robert and Bub to show stereotypes and barriers can be broken. Carver's portrayal of Bub as a simple, ignorant, and stereotypical man, who easily labels things as impotent or useless, is used to show how all people can build and create stereotypes around people we don't know....
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  • Chekhov and Carver - Struggles of Real Life
    Topic: A writer has the power to reflect on the world in which they live. What do the writers Chekhov and Carver say about the struggles of real life in the society around them? Discuss, using quotes and references to characters and scenes within the chosen short stories. The short stories, ‘The Bet’ and ‘Cathedral’ by Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver respectively, both investigate the struggles of real life in society around them. Chekhov and Carver present the struggles created by greed...
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  • A thoughtful response to Raymond Carver's "Cathedral"
    The story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver is about one man's understanding and acceptance of a blind man. The narrator represents the story's dominant theme of overcoming prejudice of the blind through personal experience as well as mutual respect. The narrator, who remains nameless, holds deeply unfounded beliefs and stereotypes of what a blind person should be, yet over a relatively short period of time he develops a bond with the blind man, whom at first he privately mocked. The narrator's...
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  • Disjunction vs. Communion in Raymond Carver's Short Stories
    Disjunction vs. Communion in Raymond Carver's Short Stories Raymond Carver, poet, essayist, and short story writer, was very different from some other writers in that he clipped his writing until only the essential remained. " Carver not only acknowledged the effect that fiction could have on readers, he proclaimed that it should affect readers."( Bonetti 58) Thus, when Carver writes about intimate relationships, the reader perceives the stories as more than entertainment or...
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  • Analysis of the title used in Raymond Carver's Elephant
     In his short story titled simply 'Elephant', Raymond Carver focuses on the elephant both literally and figuratively. Literally, when the author used the word elephant as the title for his short story, he made me think of the narrator in the story as hardworking because elephants are hardworking creatures. The narrator works hard to earn a living and takes his responsibilities seriously. Also, the author could have used the word elephant to bring attention to the phrase elephant in the room...
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  • The Most Effective Literary Element in Raymond Carver's Cathedral
    The Most Effective Literary Element in “Cathedral” and Reasons for its Effectiveness Raymond Carver uses the literary elements of characterization and point of view to make Cathedral an effective story. While Cathedral appears to just be a story about a visit between two old friends and the narrator, I see it as a journey between two men which shows the audience that it is possible to break personal barriers and stereotypes. Cathedral’s main characters are the narrator, his wife, and Robert...
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  • Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” vs. Tess Gallagher’s “Rain Flooding Your Campfire”
    Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” and Tess Gallagher’s “Rain Flooding your Campfire” are good examples of intertextual dialogue between two writers. These two stories show us how two writers can grow and develop short stories differently from the same experience. There are similarities between the stories, such as the use of a first person narrator, the plot, setting, and also there is an interchange between the narrator and the blind man in both stories. But within these similarities there are...
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  • Essay 3 - 635 Words
    Victoria Triana Dr. Liana Andreasen English 1301 P55 11/16/2014 Lessons learned from life After reading both “Willi” by E. L. Doctorow and “Redemption” by John Gardner I found that both stories have similar experiences. Both Willi and Jack from Redemption both are faced with difficult experience that changed their lives forever. In the story of “Willi” E. L. Doctorow Willi is a young thirteen year old who is torn by the actions of his parents. He loves both of his parents deeply, but after...
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  • Cathedral Critical Essay - 1250 Words
    V. Harbert Eng. 102 S. Buchanan 02/01/2012 “Cathedral” Critical Essay It is human nature to shy away from social situations that make us uncomfortable. Also, as a people with great pride, we often find it difficult to admit when we have been iniquitous, or to allow ourselves to be open to humbling experiences. Sometimes though, it is not entirely due to intolerance that we allow ourselves to make ill-informed judgments. Raymond Carver was a writer with some insight concerning...
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  • Book Analysis: Cathedral - 245 Words
    Outline example for “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver Thesis statement with plan of development: Through characterization and symbolism, Carver suggests seeing people as individuals rather than stereotypes can allow a friendship to develop. Topic sentence #1: Although Bub and Robert don’t get off on the right foot, they end up seeing each other in their respective ways. Argument: Bub = resentful/jealous, ends up seeing what Robert does. Example(s): “I don’t have any blind friends” (280), “It’s...
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  • Do people deserve a second chance
    Do people deserve a second chance? The question may be easy to ask, but quite difficult to answer. In life, most people believe that they deserve a second chance. However, there are so many different factors that go into a decision on whether or not to give someone a second chance. In literary work, there are numerous examples of asking and sometimes receiving second chances. It’s usually better if the author has personal experience to draw upon when it comes to the material that they write...
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  • Why I Prefer "A Small Good Thing" over "The Bath"
    Haley Rasmussen Professor B W Jorgensen English 359 23 July 2012 Why I Prefer “A Small Good Thing” Over “The Bath” After my first reading of Carver’s stories, I overwhelmingly preferred the effect “A Small Good Thing” had on me over that of the more concise “The Bath.” It is already such a tragic tale, and I embrace the closure and slight hope that the longer story provides. After some research, I learn that although Carver approved publication of both stories, he had originally written...
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  • Cathedral: the Blind and Robert
    Mike Wilcox Eng. 113 12-1250 Mr. Canipe 28 November 2007 Blindness is considered a disability. The person with a disability in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” is Bub. A person can be handicapped mentally. Bub is self-centered, and lives inside his own world. He is “blind” to the world around him and does not wish to open his mind to anything outside of his ignorant, pathetic, mundane life. Robert opens Bub’s mind, enabling Bub to see Robert as a person first, and not a blind man. Robert is...
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  • a serious talk - 1028 Words
    A Serious Talk The concept of a relationship being over is hard for some to grasp. Ending a relationship is many times one person's decision. For some, the concept of not feeling wanted by that other person is too hard to handle. Feelings of jealousy surface and people choose different ways to deal with this. Denial, anger, and resentment are classic ways of coping with the hardships of losing a partner's love and support. "A Serious Talk" by Raymond Carver expresses this inability to let go of...
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  • cathedral - 1281 Words
    “Cathedral”: The Difference between Looking and Seeing Everything given to a person in life is a blessing, and a person has the opportunity to choose whether they want to appreciate what has been given to them or not. A blessing can be small or large, whether it be a house to live in, a car to drive in, or even eyes to see. In the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the narrator is unappreciative towards everything he has in his life including his wife. His wife invites an old friend...
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  • Symbolism in "Cathedral" - 723 Words
    Symbolism in “Cathedral” In Raymond Carver’s short story, “Cathedral,” a man has his eyes opened up to the world through the aid of his wife’s blind friend, Robert. Carver employs the use of symbolism in the form art representing insight to highlight the narrator’s blindness to his life. The narrator is not physically blind, but he is oblivious to the problems he faces. The tapes sent between the narrator’s wife and Robert were definitely a form of art. They were a medium through which...
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  • Popular Mechanics Electronic Assignment
    Raymond Carver's "Popular Mechanics" is a Post-Modern story that is also categorized as Dirty Realism. This story gives readers a glimpse into the life of a contemporary couple; It is a vision that is once disheartening and, perhaps, disturbingly realistic. "Popular Mechanics" can be read as exhibiting the Post-Modern attribute of hopelessness. Through his revision of myth, specifically through his adaptation of a parable from the Bible, Carver is showing readers that love has become selfish...
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  • "Cathedral" Character Analysis - 518 Words
    Throughout Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” the nameless narrator, the main character develops emotionally through a situation that creates fear in an already introverted man. He does not want to go outside of his comfort zone and he is caught off guard when he is forced beyond his current developmental state. But, through a lesson from the blind narrator finds himself enlightened to the sentiments of the handicapped. When the blind man, Robert, first arrives at the narrator’s house the two...
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  • So Much Water so Close to Home
    "Abnormality of Stuart" In Raymond Carver's "So Much Water So Close to Home", Carver exposes to the reader that Stuart has some emotional problems. Sudden outbursts and verbal eruptions are not uncommon for Stuart, as he continuously yells at his wife throughout the story. From this I am able to infer that Stuart has a dual personality, one side being normal and the other as a disturbed person. In this analysis of Stuart, I am going to show that by the following textual clues that he is...
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  • Tell the Women We'Re Going
    Tell the women we’re going Analysis of the Raymond Carver short story In my analysis of “Tell the women we’re going”, I have chosen to write a brief resume of the short story. Afterwards I will analyze the relationship between men and women and discuss how the story relates to the frontier theme, and how the wilderness is depicted. Furthermore I have used the Hollywood model to analyze the short story. I believe that the short story is very suitable to this type of analysis, because his...
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  • Comparison-contrast Short fiction
    Thesis : 'Cathedral' by Raymond Carver and 'Desiree's Baby' by Kate Chopin have contrasting progressions in the demeanor of the main characters and story. In 'Cathedral' the narrator progresses from being withdrawn and suspicious to responsive and accepting. The opposite occurs in 'Desiree's Baby' as it progresses from a joyful and loving setting to a dismal and malign end. There is a positive progression in the character of the narrator in Raymond Carver's 'Cathedral' showing how he is able...
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  • My Fathers Life - 1110 Words
    In between the two world wars, America suffered from hunger and unemployment. This all happened because of the huge economic crisis, which struck the whole world in 1929. It is not unusual that this type of crisis can lead man into alcoholism and gambling, and quickly, a whole family can be on the edge of destruction. This is exactly what Raymond Carver describes in his novel “My Father’s Life” from 1984. In his novel, Raymond Carver describes his father’s life, starting with his death and...
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  • Put myself in my shoes
    "Put Yourself in My Shoes" "Put Yourself in My Shoes" is one of the longest and most complex stories in the collection, and one of its finest. In addition, it brings together a number of the themes and images that have recurred throughout the book. For example, it depicts the kind of interaction between two couples that we have seen in "Neighbors" and "What's in Alaska?"; in this case, the Myerses go to visit the Morgans, whose house they had lived in for a year while Professor Morgan and his...
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  • Symbolism in Chekhov's "The Lady With The Dog" and "The Bishop"
    I think what I really like about Chekhov is the way he uses words: he does them justice by acknowledging the power they have and the impact they can convey. He lets everything speak for itself, he does not put in frills or excessive wording for added sophistication, and, most importantly, everything has a purpose in his tales. His pieces feel carefully crafted; every word and every object has been placed there deliberately and not as a space filler, nothing has been overlooked and everything...
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  • Neighbors Analysis - 962 Words
    Neighbors Analysis. Author Raymond Carver was born in 1938 and is a well-known American writer and poet. He died at the age of 50. 5 years later, in 1993, a collection of some of his short stories were put together in "Short Cuts." The first short story is called "Neighbors". Here we meet Bill and Arlene Miller, who seem to be having a crisis in their marriage. They are somewhat jealous of the life of their neighbors, who are travelling and having fun all the time, while Bill and Arlene are...
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  • Cathedral: Allegory of the Cave and Narrator
    1/23/14 Comparative Literary Analysis Performance Task Allegory of the Cathedral As the philospoher Seneca once said, “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” Raymond Carver’s Cathedral is a story about a man who started out as a closed-minded man but, throughout the story his character changes as he begins to bond with his wife’s friend, Robert, a man who is blind. Plato’s Allegory of the cave is a story about a prisoner who is freed from being locked in chains living all...
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  • A Blind Man Makes Him See
    “Cathedral” (28) is Raymond Carver’s short story about the anticipation and fulfillment of one man’s encounter with his wife’s blind friend. The man, who is also the narrator, is wary of this rendezvous, having known no blind people in his own life up to that point. His ignorance is apparent as he thinks of blind people only from a cinematic perspective. He tells us “My idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies the blind moved slowly and never laughed” (28). From his cynical and...
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  • "Good People" - 1508 Words
     Love is one of the only words in this world that can’t be adequately described in words. Yet it is the strongest human emotion and most powerful force in the universe that conquers all, makes our lives worth living, and chooses our direction. In the two short stories the authors use their style, symbolism and point of views to best portray two different scenarios that both revolve around love. In “Good People” by David Foster Wallace 19 year old college student impregnates a girl he’d...
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  • Summary of Neighbors - 575 Words
    9/10/2005 Reaction to "Neighbors" By: Raymond Carver "Neighbors" by Raymond Carver is taken from one of several collections of short stories he has written entitled Where I'm Coming From. In this piece, Raymond lives up to his reputation as being a minimalist, using the bare essentials to convey his characters' emotions and the story's settings. "Neighbors" is the tale of a couple, Bill and Arlene Miller, who find themselves bored with their own life, and separately rediscover...
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  • The Cathedral - 431 Words
    “The Cathedral The story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver is about one man's understanding and acceptance of a blind man. The narrator, who remains nameless, he seems to be perturbed and agitated. He holds deeply unfounded beliefs and stereotypes of what a blind person should be, yet over a relatively short period of time he develops a bond with the blind man, whom at first he privately disliked. We quickly begin to see the narrator’s jealousy towards Robert; For example when the narrator thinks...
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  • The Rich Brother and Cathedral analysis
    The Rich Brother and Cathedral Thesis Paper Danny Miller LCS 121 Section H 9/28/14 “The Rich Brother” by Tobias Wolf, tells a story of two brothers with very different lifestyles and perspectives on the world. The main character Pete is a very successful real estate agent in Santa Cruz who tends to get caught up in the materialistic things in life. He always wants his image to appear superior to others, from the house, to the car, to the clothes and he seems to look down upon on those who...
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  • Dirty Realism - 585 Words
    Dirty Realism “Dirty Realism” is described as a North American literary movement which can be traced in the 1970s-80s. According to this movement the narrative is stripped down to its fundamental features. It is actually a writing style which originated in the US and depicts in great detail the seamier or more mundane aspects of ordinary life. The term was coined by Bill Buford of Granta magazine. It formed the title of the Summer 1983 edition of Granta magazine for which Buford also gave an...
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  • Things Aren't Always What They Seem
    Things Aren’t Always What They Seem To Be Raymond Carver’s use of generalization of “key” events serves to help further evolve the simple theme. Without the presence of supporting details, the story ends with the right amount of emphasis on what is necessary to understand the basic concept. This basic and simple theme expresses the use of food as a type of consoling agent. Throughout this story, references to food show up during times of tension, stress, or grief. The story, for example,...
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  • A blind Man s View Essay
    Thomas Savoie Prof. Hatley January 11, 2015 Words 875 A Blind Man’s View In Raymond Carver’s story, Cathedral, the narrator is never named but he is descripted by how he describes the blind man. He is described as very vulgar, not being able to hold his tongue. He tells you that he has never seen a blind man let alone tried to have a conversation with one. He is very ignorant to the fact of all the things blind people can still do and the extra pleasures of life that they have. In this story...
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  • Who is the Real Blind Man?
    Who is the Real Blind Man? In the story Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, the narrator makes multiple statements as to how he feels about Robert, the blind man. The statements are made purely on what the narrator has seen in movies and what he has read. The narrator makes harsh judgments of the blind mind regarding his inability to see his surroundings and other people. However, the narrator fails to see things the same way that Robert does, more deeply. Throughout the story the narrator finds...
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  • critic essay - 546 Words
    Student Name Professor Elliott ENC 1102 8 October 2012 Analysis of an Argument The essay “A Narrator’s Blindness in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” written by Bethany Qualls certainly failed to make an effective argument. Throughout the essay there are several instances where Bethany Qualls doesn’t consistently maintain her focus. Bethany Qualls makes a weak introduction and conclusion. The essay consistently has redundancy and contradiction, which makes her argument weak. Qualls argument...
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  • Summary of Cathedral - 449 Words
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  • The Cathedral - 1315 Words
    The Blind Man The narrator in Raymond Carver's Cathedral is not a particularly sensitive man. I might describe him as self-centered, superficial and egotistical. And while his actions certainly speak to these points, it is his misunderstanding of the people and the relationships presented to him in this story which show most clearly his tragic flaw: while Robert is physically blind, it is the narrator that cannot clearly see the world around him. In the eyes of the narrator,...
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    Jealousy is a bitter and unhappy feeling in response to another person's advantages, possessions, or luck. Jealousy can be categorized as either passive or aggressive. Passive jealousy is limited to the boundaries of one's mind, whereas aggressive jealousy translates into physical action. In the short stories "Husband Returns in Form of Parrot" and "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love," Robert Olen Butler and Raymond Carver focus on different forms of jealousy. Through the perspective...
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  • Literary Analysis Popular Mechanics
    Katie Shamblin Mr. Standridge ENG 102-031 28 September 2010 Questions Unanswered Life is often presented with unanswered questions. Unanswered questions in literature cause the reader to wonder. However, there are also questions the author purposefully wants the reader to ask at the beginning of a work in order to leave the reader hanging. In Raymond Carver’s “Popular Mechanics,” he causes the reader to wonder. Carver uses ambiguity throughout his work in several different ways causing the...
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  • Cathedral Essay - 859 Words
    Tony Do AP English Literature Period 3 09/23/13 Cathedral It is rare to see a story demonstrate an understanding of enlightenment and insight as sincere and tenacious as “Cathedral,” a short story authored by Raymond Carver. Carver’s short story portrays an inconsiderate narrator and his encounter between him and a composed blind man named Robert. It is evident that the narrator is reluctant to welcome the blind man, an old friend of the narrator’s wife, as he contemplates...
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  • Response Paper - 451 Words
    Douglas Hunter Professor Glenn English 102 February 11, 2014 Response Paper As I begin to read “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, I cannot comprehend what is going on. The story starts off with a husband named Robert telling the reader about “this” (par.1.) blind man who has been long term friends with his wife and will be coming to visit due to the tragic death of the blind man’s wife. Through the way that this man speaks of the blind person gives the appearance that the husband is not very...
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  • The Cathedral - 507 Words
    Lyzeth Peralta “The Cathedral” “Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace”, (Dalai Lama XIV). This quote relates to the narrator in Raymond Carver’s short story, “The Cathedral”. In this story Bub’s ignorance is shown in various parts throughout the story. Towards the end of the story, Bub has an epiphany. This makes him realize how ignorant he’s been towards his wife as well as Robert, her childhood sweetheart and present day best friend. He enters from a world of...
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  • First Extended Stay Away from Home
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  • A Small Good Thing - 263 Words
    Epiphany in A Small Good Thing In the story A Small Good Thing by Raymond Carver there are many epiphanies the three main characters have. The one that stood out to me was the one that happened to the baker. Early in the story the baker had a small relationship with the mother, Ann. He was supposed to just be making a birthday cake for Scotty, Ann's son. While Scotty was in the hospital the cake was made but never picked up. The baker had every right to be mad that the cake would go to...
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  • "Cathedral" Analysis - 615 Words
    Amanda Gazaway Professor Macklin Cowart English 1102 10 September 2014 “Cathedral”: The Importance of Transformation in the Characters In “Cathedral,” Raymond Carver drastically creates changes within his characters that bring them closer together throughout each experience. The pertaining metamorphoses begin by being utilized as simple icebreakers but eventually commence an everlasting bond between the narrator and the blind man, Robert. Character development is important because it...
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  • Character Analysis - Cathedral - 771 Words
    Character Analysis: the narrator (Raymond Carver, “Cathedral”) The narrator in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” is portrayed as someone who lacks insight and awareness of the things around him. He is paralyzed, stuck in a destructive way of living. The narrator does not realize the limitations he has placed on himself that prevent him from seeing things greater than life. Carver exposes the narrator’s true personality using a first-person narrative. It isn’t hard to tell that the narrator is...
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  • So Much Water so Close to Home - Class Notes
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  • The Blind Leading the Blind - 603 Words
    The Blind Leading the Blind The Short Story “Cathedral” is a literary work written by Raymond Carver and told by a narrator who is apprehensive about a visit from his wife’s blind friend. The narrator’s wife has been touched by Robert, the blind visitor, and he helps the narrator sketch a “Cathedral” which symbolizes his wife and teaches the narrator how to see, esteem, and touch her. By and large, the presumably sighted narrator focuses on his guest’s blindness and outward appearance, but...
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  • Significance of Loneliness and Isolation in Our Lives
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  • Cathedral Essay - 1490 Words
    Cathedral Sometimes we have to look beyond what we see on the outside to understand something more deeply. In the short story Cathedral By Raymond Carver, the narrator has an attitude of being selfish, and jealous through the story. The narrator’s wife invites a blind man, Robert, to come stay in their house for a short time while the man visits family members of his own wife who recently passed. The narrator is not enthusiastic because blind people make the narrator uncomfortable, mainly...
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  • Carver's Cathedral Critical Perpective
    Critical Perspective Seminar Project I reviewed a collection of literary criticism on Carver’s Cathedral, a collection of short stories written by Carver which was published in 1983. One that stood out to be in particular was James W. Grinnell’s criticism on Carver’s Cathedral works. Grinnell wrote his review in the winter of 1984, and went on to say many things about Carver’s work. Grinnell mostly praises Carver’s work and his addition of newer and more creative ideas in his latest work....
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  • Symbolism - 849 Words
    Adrienne Macaluso April 8th, 2014 ENG 120 - Dupcak Essay #2 Revised Symbolism is an object, reference, or emotion that is especially used in literature to provide a meaning beyond what essentially is being shown. Specific and unique symbols presented in both “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver and “The Slough” by Pasha Malla are used to represent something other than itself. Specifically in “Cathedral” the two most obvious symbols are the audiotapes and the cathedral. In “The Slough” the skin...
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  • Reconciliation Inside a Family - 1563 Words
    Reconciliation inside a family In Raymond Carver’s short story “Elephant”, the narrator accepts the family members’ flaws and wishes them the best of their lives. This process is called reconciliation. In contrast, Hanif Kureishi’s story “My Son the Fanatic” develops through the conflict between a father and his son. The story focuses on the relationship between them, it’s pretty clear to see a relationship which gradually worsens and is broken down bit by bit. Reconciliation is the...
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  • What Can You See?
    Douglas Kleinsmith Lisa Rochford 8:00- 9:20 MW 18 March 2013 What Can You See? For many, you have to see something to believe it. However, when looking at the beliefs of a blind person, we discover that seeing may actually distort our beliefs. In Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral”, an unnamed narrator tells a story of meeting a blind man for the first time in his life. Before meeting Robert, the narrator tells us of how uncomfortable he is about him. If it had not been for his...
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  • Cathedral Analysis - 1079 Words
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  • Are These Actual Miles
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  • An Analysis of Cathedral - 822 Words
    An Analysis of Cathedral Cathedral, written by Raymond Carver, is a short story that explores the narrator’s insecurities and fears of what he does not understand and through the progression of the story is enlightened by the man he fears. The short story Cathedral is a story of the narrators’ wife’s old friend coming to visit. The friend, Robert, is a man that she knew ten years before and has kept in contact with since. The two correspond via tape recordings on a regular basis. The wife...
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  • Cathdral - 652 Words
    Cathedral by Raymond Carver Study Guide The narrator of Carver's "Cathedral" has an epiphany when he meets a blind friend of his wife. * 
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  • A Change in Heart in "Cathedral" - 954 Words
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  • Powder by Tobias Wolff - 609 Words
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