Use of First person point of view in "Raymond's Run" and "Cathedral"

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The authors of "Raymond's Run" and "Cathedral", both use a first person point of view in their short stories. In "Raymond's Run", by Toni Cade Bambara, the first person point of view shows how the narrator is dealing with the situations around her and maturing in the process. In "Cathedral", by Raymond Carver, the reader can see the change in the narrator's understanding of the blind man through different situations that happens throughout the story. Both authors have similar purposes in mind when they were writing the story, they both wanted to show the growth and transition of the narrators. The use of the first person point of view makes it easier for the readers to see the thoughts and emotions that are being experienced by the narrator, which will give us a better insight into their thinking and actions.

In "Raymond's Run", the narrator of the story is Hazel, and the whole story is seen through her eyes.

In the beginning of the story, the reader finds out that Hazel looks after her older brother with a mental disorder. She does not mind looking after her brother, and she is also really protective of him because many people like to make fun of him and he also gets himself in trouble. Hazel's protectiveness of her brother can be seen when Hazel says, "If anybody has anything to say to Raymond, anything about his big head, they have to come by me". She is also a very boastful little girl, especially when it comes to her running, she thinks that no one can even come close to her running speed. Her boastfulness can bee seen in the third paragraph when she says, "There is no track meet that I don't win the first place medal".