Cathedral:Raymond Carver

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Raymond Carver was born to an alcoholic father who worked in a sawmill on May 25, 1938 in Clatskanie, Oregon. He married and had two children between the ages of 18 and 21. He and his bride of 16, Mary, were married for twenty years. He believed hard work would see his family through all life's troubles. However, poverty and his own alcoholism finally caused them to go their separate ways. After seizures and doctors convinced him to stop drinking, he married Tess, who was with him for eleven years and nurtured him until he died of lung and brain cancer.

y what he called his two lives. In his first life, low paying jobs, acute addiction to alcohol and the unrelieved responsibility to his children were reflected in his writing. This writing was often dismal, bleak, and ended abruptly, seeming to leave the readers wanting. The "Cathedral" marked the turning point and beginning of his second life.

With a life free of alcohol, a new life of hope, he was amazed at the clarity his world began to take on; he began to see things in a different light. He endeavored to show that artistry was a means of communication through his writing that was now fuller and more expanded than his previous work.

The exposition of "Cathedral" was about a man waiting and dreading the arrival of a blind man visiting his home. The blind man, Robert, was a long time friend of his wife's. Robert called the man Bub, who told the story as a participant in a normal conversational tone. This was shown by Bub telling the story in the first person for example: Bub stated, " A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to." Bub was a dynamic...