Happy Endings In Raymond Carver Stories

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Happy Endings in Raymond Carver Stories (cathedral and a Small Good Thing The stories “Cathedral” and “A Small, Good Thing” are two different stories, but the two main characters share some similarities. In “Cathedral”, the narrator, who is the main character, was caught up in his own blindness. He was trapped in his own world and neglected some of the most important things in his life. He was very jealous, inconsiderate and always disconnected himself from others. He was not open up to changes; he preferred to stay in his old ways. When his wife had purchased a new sofa, he was not comfortable with the change. He wished he still had the old one which he would be more comfortable. This goes on to show that he was trapped in his own way and does not readily accept changes. The narrator showed little appreciation for his wife and had no friends. Likewise, in “A Small, Good Thing” the baker lived in an isolated world. He was self-centered and thought only about himself. He was very grumpy and mean. The bakery was his place of desolation because he did not like the interaction with people. The narrator in “Cathedral” was not enthused when he learned that a blind friend of his wife named Robert was spending the night with them. His whole concept about a blind person he thought came from the movies. He thought that a blind person would have to solely depend on other people for help. His wife had a very good relationship with Robert and they were able to communicate with each other although he could not see. She had worked with him and they became very good friends for over ten years. She trusted him, which gave her the opportunity to share her whole life stories with him. They understood each other very well in every way. The narrator had finally gotten the opportunity to converse with Robert. They shared drinks together which made him more comfortable

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