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Cathedral by Raymond Carver
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Feb 05, 2012

really liked it

I was particularly fond of the use of a biased narrator in this piece because you could feel the narrator coming around and changing his attitude towards the blind man. The bias gave a unique insight to the reader so they could not only understand how the man evolved in the story, but gave perspective on why he felt the bias he had towards the blind man in the beginning. The bias can be seen through his inner dialogue, using both blatant statements such as, “A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to, “ or using a distant tone when he would say things to himself like, “I waited in vain to hear my name on my wife’s sweet lips: ‘And then my dear husband came into my life,’- something like that. But I heard nothing of the sort. More talk of Robert.” Remarks like the first example inform the reader that the narrator has strong feelings towards Robert, is aware of them, and is stubborn about changing his feelings. The second example provides an example of an emotion that the narrator might not even be aware of- his jealousy he feels towards the blind man and the love for his wife. Being a stubborn man, the narrator does not want to admit these feelings that might portray weakness, but the biased writing allows the readers to see it and feel it for themselves without being blatantly told how to feel in response to the character’s own emotions.

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Scott Hey I have a question. Is this book explicit? Does it have profanity? Moreover, sexually explicit or have nudity in it? Thanks!

Emily No, the author is careful to keep it clean while still getting his point across. It does suggests sex and it is talked about briefly at one point in the novel, but nothing crude. Hope this helped! Let me know if you have any more questions about it. :)

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