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Cathedral by Raymond Carver
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Feb 05, 12

In the short story “Cathedral”, the narrator wrote the story in the first person view. From the story, I can tell that the narrator is the kind of person who is lack of confidence, he doesn’t want that blind man Robert to come over because Robert was very close to his wife, somewhere inside his heart he must feel very insecure, he is afraid of the possibility that Robert might take his wife away from him. He says he never believed in any religion, which implies that he might not trust anybody but himself, so he could be very stressful and overwhelmed by his life. On the other hand, Robert is a very easy going, kind person. Although, he is blind lost his wife, he stayed strong. During the visit they talked about the cathedral, and in the end, Robert found a way to connect the narrator and himself, which is through drawing the cathedral. Cathedral is a symbol of pure holy religion, which gives the narrator a feel of the strength of the religion. And in the end, the narrator doesn’t want to open his eyes implies that he felt that power of religion when he is drawing, the kind of power he can rely on, and he wants to hold onto it, never let go of it.

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