Analysis Of Raymond Carver Cathedral

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Raymond Carver is often known for his writing style known as minimalism, a style that often uses short phrases or sentences that convey a great amount of meaning. Carver’s “Cathedral” is full of minimalism, whether it be short and repetitive dialogue or brief thoughts that go through the narrators mind. These intentionally precise sentences are full of meaning, whether it be the importance of communication, or the lack of, the underlying tones of death and jealously, or even the psychological connection between the narrator and the reader. One argument states that, although there is importance within the small amount of words that the characters say, there also lies significance within the silence of characters, defining the silence as…show more content…
By remaining silent, Carver creates characters that are unable to communicate with others and maintaining meaningful relationships. Furthermore, even when a character does speak, they do not always mention anything important, often leaving the reader questioning what exactly they mean or having to assume something. Agreeing with Laurie Champion, the narrator appears to puts minimal effort into conversations, often failing to communicate with other characters. Before the narrator reaches his epiphany with the Robert, the blind man, he is forced to sit down and in the living room with the blind man, whom he does not particularly like. When his wife falls asleep, the narrator finds himself engulfed by an awkward silence as the blind man and he watch the television. Even when the characters sit down to enjoy a meal, they only stuff their faces with food, failing to commence in conversation as most people do at meals. The narrator fails to communicate with the other characters, failing to establish a relationship with the blind man or even maintain one with his wife. Even when the blind man and the narrator commence in conversation about the shows on the television, it is only insincere small talk, lacking any other motive other than to fill the awkward silence. Not only does the narrator fail to communicate through small talk or silence, he fails to properly communicate with the reader, leaving the reader to interpret what he says. The narrator,
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