Analysis Of ' Cathedral ' By Raymond Carver Essay

1189 Words Sep 7th, 2015 5 Pages
“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides…” – C.S. Lewis. Literary fiction authors strive to engage and intrigue their audiences. In order to do this they tell stories with well-developed elements. The seven main elements of fiction are: plot, character development, point-of-view, setting, theme, symbolism and style. Including these elements and developing them within a story, helps to keep stories interesting and engaging for the reader. Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” is a great example of well-developed point-of-view, characterization and symbolism.
To begin, point of view is described as, “The perspective, or angle of vision from which a narrator presents a story It tells us about the narrator, characters, setting and the theme of a story (p. 1352).” In “Cathedral” a first person point-of-view is used meaning, the story is told by one character at a time. This story is completely told from the perspective of an unnamed narrator, whom is describing an experience he had when his wife’s blind friend Robert came to visit. As the story unfolds the reader is privy to the narrator’s thoughts, feelings and views. This allows the audience to know everything the narrator knows in the story as they see it.
The first person point-of-view is an important element of this story, because it allows the audience to witness the main characters internal and external conflict and growth. In the…

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