Analysis Of `` Cathedral `` By Raymond Carver And A Good Man Essay

1065 Words Apr 11th, 2016 5 Pages
A Good Man is Hard to Find in a Cathedral
In works of literature, authors who use various forms of literary tools such as characterization, dialogue, and symbolism to help the readers understand the complexities within the stories. From the authors’ perspective, stories that have every detail and plot laid out for the reader will exemplify a poorly written piece of work. In the story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Conner, the main characters had to cope with difficult situations that were presented to them. These situations made the characters change their beliefs about themselves and about the others around them. Through the use of the literacy elements of characterization and symbolism, O’Conner and Carver were able to successfully present the theme that ignorance can lead to problems.
At the beginning “Cathedral”, characterization expresses the personalities of the narrator and his wife. Dialogue between the two characters gave the readers a feel for the wife and how she talked about the blind man, Robert, she knew for years, but the narrator’s dialogue gave the readers a negative feel towards his ignorant attitude: “A blind man in my house was not something I look forward to,” (Carver 84) and “Beulah! That’s a name for a colored woman” (87). Also, the narrator is very possessive of his wife, even though throughout the whole story there seemed to be a stronger, emotional connection between the blind man and the wife than…

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