Analyzing Raymond Carver's Cathedral

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After finishing Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”, I can honestly say this is my favorite collection of short stories I have read thus far. It took me a quite a bit of time to reach this point, though. Towards the beginning of reading this anthology, I found myself being far too analytical typically expected of an English course, often times looking for notable events, themes and other elements of writing. I quickly realized the nature of Carver’s writing: simplistic, stark and candid. On the surface, Carver’s stories may come across as lacking and dull. However, the author has a simple yet beautifully eloquent way of depicting everyday moments of American life. Carver masterfully juxtaposes the small beauties of everyday experiences with the dark…show more content…
The irony and paradox of the two men (blind and not blind) towards the end of “Cathedral” was remarkable. Again, there is a sense of hope as the themes revolves around the idea that it takes the blind man to make seeing people sees things they previously could not. “Cathedral” is a unique story of growth and equality that I think every reader can relate to. I can understand how readers may find themselves frustrated or left feeling incomplete to the fact that Carver does not always provide a “resolution” to each short story. Nevertheless, this is the precisely the beauty of this anthology. The stories provide fresh and novel perspectives on common relationships found in all of the readers’ lives. Carver leaves every story slightly “up in the air”, in a way that is very thought-provoking. I found myself needing to put down the book several times and think about questions that had arisen, which was unexpected. His simplistic and to-the-point nature of writing allows the reader to focus truly on the important skeleton of the stories, avoiding wordiness and unnecessary details that are typical of some classic stories. Less is truly more in this case. I look forward to reading more of Carver’s works in the near future and would highly recommend “Cathedral” to those

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