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  • Blind Man As The Narrator
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    Ray Carver's character Bub, in Cathedral, seems irritated and sometimes hostile. His lack of self-endurance is portrayed in his initial actions. The vehemence of his prejudice is surprising. His initial anger and anxiety seem way out of proportion to the situation, as if the blind man were threatening to him somehow. Ray Carver shows his negative character in the introduction, and proceeds to change his character in the closing. In the early part of the story the narrator (which is the main char...
  • Narrator's Feelings Toward Robert
    901 words
    The Blind can See The narrator in Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" has two fully functional eyes, in which he chooses never to use to their full potential. The eyes of the narrator are biased, insecure, jealous, and very limited in what they choose to see. This inability to see is made apparent when he is forced to meet and converse with a blind man. The narrator's perception of the world around him, and blurred vision, is resolved by a great irony in the story when Roger helps the narrator see past...
  • Narrator's Belief Robert's Physical Blindness
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    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, Robert's blindness i...
  • Lawn Party As A Male Narrator
    674 words
    Ann Beattie writes her short story "The Lawn Party" as a male narrator. Because men tend to be less emotional than women are, this makes the narrators point of view more believable. Although this is a story that moves from one agonizing situation to another, the lack of human emotion leaves one with a somewhat empty feeling. One could infer that the author removed all sensitivity from the narrator in an attempt to make him appear aloof, indifferent, and even somewhat callous. The narrator lost h...
  • Narrator's Wife Leaves Robert And The Narrator
    633 words
    When most people think of blind people, they tend to picture a person with dark sunglasses, a seeing eye dog, and a walking stick. These are stereotypes and obviously do not remain true in the case of all blind people. In Raymond Carver's short story 'Cathedral,' the main character is jealous and judgmental of his wife's friend who happens to be a blind man. It is the combination of these attitudes that leads to his own unique 'blindness. ' It is through this initial blindness, that the characte...
  • Mental And Physical Confinement
    751 words
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' is an observation on the male oppression of women in a patriarchal society. The story itself presents an interesting look at one woman's struggle to deal with both mental and physical confinement. Through Gilman's writing the reader becomes aware of the mental and physical confinement, which the narrator endures, and the overall effect and reaction to this confinement. The story begins with the narrator's description of the physically confining e...
  • John's Control Over The Narrator
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    We Must Creep to be Heard It's 2: 00 am and I cannot sleep. I toss and turn while the question, "Why didn't you stand up for yourself?" keeps playing over and over in my mind. The picture in my mind of a subjugated woman who feebly attempts to fight against feminine oppression and her impending insanity is vivid and disturbing and continues to slap against the recesses of my mind with an angry hand. What was Charlotte Perkins Gilman attempting to convey to her readers when she wrote "The Yellow ...
  • Narrator And The Reader
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    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 ...
  • Representations Of Masculinity And Femininity On Miguel Street
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    Representations of Masculinity and Femininity in Miguel Street It has been said about V.S. Naipaul's novel Miguel Street that 'One of the recurrent themes... is the ideal of manliness' (Kelly 19). To help put into focus what manliness is, it is important to establish a definition for masculinity as well as its opposite, femininity. Masculinity is defined as " Having qualities regarded as characteristic of men and boys, as strength, vigor, boldness, etc' while femininity is defined as 'Having qua...
  • Cat To The Narrator's Breakdown
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    In Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Black Cat" the narrator experiences a mental and moral breakdown. This breakdown and its consequences are revealed through the story's two parallel structures. The first structure, divided into three sections, reflects the narrator's mental and moral collapse. Likewise, the second structure, also divided into three sections, reflects the consequences of that collapse. Each structure relates the three common elements to both his breakdown and to the consequences of...
  • Your Wife To The Short Story
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    The short story, "Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and His Aunt", explicates the life of a man named Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka. We see him briefly in his young years, followed by his life in the army, and his return to the farm where his strong characterized aunt resides. We can see immediately that this man lives in constant cleanliness and dutiful paranoia; these are some of his desires that he wishes to exhibit to others. We can also see his fears, which reside in the confiscation of his masculinity a...
  • Strickland's Passion And Carefree Attitude
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    Through experience I've learned that one must have passion and a sense of selfishness to accomplish their goal. Both of these qualities are obtained by the character of Charles Strickland in The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham. Many people look at some of Strickland's qualities as character flaws. Strickland will give up all that he has for his painting. He also puts himself in front of others at all times. Personally, I find this admirable. Strickland's passion and carefree attitude ar...

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