Analysis Of The Story ' Cathedral ' By Raymond Carver Essay

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Hannah Artille
November 22, 2016
When Three Stories Collide There are three short stories with characters who are very alike. In the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the protagonist, Bub, has an unwanted visitor. Similarly, in the story “Everyday use” by Alice Walker, the character Dee visits her mother and sister, which turns into a very unpleasant encounter. Lastly, the main character, Hulga, in “Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor, is deceived by her visitor, a bible salesman, Manely Pointer. In all three of these short stories, the central characters share similar motives and characteristics. The character Bub can be very selfish towards his wife and their visitor . Bub begins showing his selfishness when he has “nothing to do but wait” before the blind man, Robert, arrives, and he blames innocent Robert for his miserable, uncomfortable mood (458). When talking to his wife, Bub gets annoyed when she gives him “more detail than [he] cares to know” (457). Bub is “unhappy about the blind man’s visit,” even though Robert’s wife just died (“Cathedral”). Similarly to Bub, Dee only looks out for herself (Kane 2138). This is demonstrated when she takes “two quilts handmade by her grandmother and earmarked for Maggie, [her sister], on her marriage” (2138). Dee does not just want to take the quilts from her family. She wants the “churn top” and other items that she believes represents her culture (Walker 747). Additionally, Dee is self-centered when
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