Analysis Of ' Cathedral ' And ' A Small, Good Thing '

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Lack of communication affects the whole personality of a human being, in both a personal and social sense. Without proper communication one may feel separated from others, either physically or emotionally. Sometimes a person is aware of the cause of his or her deep discontent, while others are unfortunately unaware of how deeply their loneliness affects them. This unawareness of the truth with themselves creates a delusion of their reality. In the two short stories, “Cathedral”, and “A Small, Good Thing” by Raymond Carver we observe how encounters between people of different backgrounds and tragedy can reveal his or her delusion of their current state of mind. People should learn how to efficiently communicate because without it inhibits loneliness, creates a delusion of reality, and causes isolation. Lack of communication results in unhealthy relationships with yourself and with others. In the short story, “Cathedral” we are introduced to an unnamed male narrator, who acts as the protagonist of the story. The story unfolds through the narrator 's point of view as we are introduced to his wife and her blind friend, Robert. It is clear the moment the narrator is aware of Robert’s visit he becomes tense and uncomfortable, “I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And his being blind bothered me… A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to” (“Cathedral” 33). The narrator is unwelcoming and readers are quick to sense his dissatisfaction and

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